The UNMC, located in Omaha, the largest city in the state of Nebraska, said the individual has now no Ebola symptoms but will be monitored, according to a press release from the college, Xinhua news agency reported. He will be transferred to a special biocontainment once symptoms develop.
Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and healthcare colleges, together with academic partner UNMC, are among world leaders in the treatment of Ebola. "We are not aware of any other United States citizens with potential exposures to Ebola at this time, and there is no health risk to the U.S. public due to this evacuation", says the CDC.
The outbreak, which is believed to have begun in late April, is the second largest on record. The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Congo has been particularly hard to contain because it is an active war zone. The government issued a last-minute decision to bar people in Beni and Butembo from voting because of the outbreak.
The physician, who is not identified for privacy reasons, was privately flown to Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday afternoon and transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center, officials with the medical center announced Saturday.
Doctors are keeping a close eye on an American physician who returned to the US from the Congo and may have been exposed to Ebola. The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa in 2015 and has mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of 8 to 10 days. "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them". 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 quarantine could last up to two weeks. More than 350 people have died.
The virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.