American possibly exposed to Ebola in DRC flown to U.S. hospital

An American health care worker providing medical assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo who recently experienced potential exposure to Ebola has was flown back to the USA on Saturday and transported to a special biocontainment unit in Nebraska, according a hospital official, who stressed that the person has yet to display any symptoms of the deadly disease.

USA officials arranged the physician's travel, a spokesman for the medical center said.

Officials say the person is not ill and has no Ebola symptoms but will be monitored for up to two weeks. "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them". The individual was transported by private plane and auto, they said.

Doctors are keeping a close eye on an American physician who returned to the USA from the Congo and may have been exposed to Ebola.

But humanitarian efforts have been frustrated by violence at the epicenter of the outbreak, which has devolved into an active war zone. Working with federal, state and county public health officials, they will be monitored in a secure area not accessible by the public or any patients.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, which began in August and has already infected more than 600 and killed more than 300. The Ebola virus can not spread to others when a person shows no signs or symptoms of the disease.

The virus spreads through direct contact blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from the diseases and objects contaminated with body fluids from a sick or dead person.

The medical centre is not providing any details to honour the person's request for privacy. The hospital also said it will not be providing updates on the person's status unless the person needs to be transferred to the special biocontainment unit. If the individual develops symptoms of the virus, the person will be admitted to the hospital's biocontainment unit, one of the few in the US dedicated to treating highly infectious diseases, Taylor Wilson, a spokesperson for Nebraska Medicine said.

The medical center treated several Ebola patients in 2014, and monitored several other exposed people in 2015, though none contracted the disease.

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