Doctor exposed to Ebola placed in quarantine after return to US

An American who may have been exposed to Ebola while in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Nebraska to be monitored the medical facility revealed 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 person isn't displaying symptoms of Ebola but was evacuated to ensure quick access to specialized care if symptoms develop.

Doctor Adaora Okoli, a physician in the region emphasized the causes leading to the worldwide response to Ebola as saying, "if there's no threat to the global community, the global community will not do anything".

"Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them".

According to the hospital, the doctor was flown by private plane and then taken by vehicle. The outbreak in northeastern Congo has been especially hard to control because it is taking place in an active war zone.

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.

Hundreds flee Islamist attacks in northeast Nigeria to seek refuge in Maiduguri
Over the years, Boko Haram, which wants to form a breakaway state, has kidnapped thousands of adults and children. The fighting has also spilled into Nigeria's northern neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon .

"This individual was monitored through the flight to the USA, and to Omaha, at several different locations, and this person is not symptomatic after any of those checks", University of Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson told ABC News late Saturday night. "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. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

The person will be monitored for up to two weeks at the Nebraska Medical Center, which has handled Ebola patients before. 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.

Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposure, but none of them developed the disease.

Should symptoms develop, the healthcare worker would be moved to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the only a few in the USA for treating infectious disease.

This article was written by Lena H. Sun, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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