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American Congo physician quarantined due to possible exposure to Ebola – National virus



A US health worker who might have been exposed to the Ebola virus during the treatment of patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arrived in the United States on Saturday and was quarantined in Nebraska.

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A doctor who does not show signs of Ebola will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine in a statement.

The name of the person was not issued due to the protection of privacy.

Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may occur even three weeks after contact with a lethal virus, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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In the event of symptoms, the healthcare worker will be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the few in the United States dealing with the treatment of infectious diseases.

The Ebola virus epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second worst ever and killed 356 of the 585 infected people who started six months ago, according to the World Health Organization.

Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and medical schools, together with the UNMC academic partner, are among the world leaders in the treatment of Ebola, which spreads through contact with body fluids and causes hemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding.

Nebraska Medicine took care of three virus patients in 2014 and monitored several other exposure cases during the 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa, which was the worst in history, with over 28,000 confirmed cases.


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