American Health Worker Exposed to Ebola to Be Treated at Nebraska Hospital

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Contributor
Local News Tampa: 5 Jan, 2015

Omaha, NE, United States (4E) – An American health worker in Sierra Leone exposed to Ebola will be observed and treated at the Nebraska Medicine (NM) hospital.

The patient, who is not being named, was airlifted from Sierra Leone by a private air ambulance and is arriving at the hospital Sunday at 2 p.m. CST.

“This patient has been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at NM, according to 1011now.com.

The patient will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days or tested for the virus to see if Ebola disease develops.

Three Ebola patients were previously treated at NM with two surviving. Dr. Richard Sacra was treated and released in September and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was treated and released in October.

Dr. Martin Salia was treated for less than two days and died in November. He was gravely ill upon arrival at NM.

As of Dec. 28, 2014, the World Health Organization counted a total 20,206 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease and 7,905 reported deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United States.

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