United States health care worker with possible exposure to Ebola evacuated to Nebraska

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Although the physician had been exposed to Ebola, officials say the doctor is not showing symptoms of the virus and will be monitored in a secure facility for up to two weeks.

Observation of the individual could last as long as two weeks and is being done in a location that neither the public nor patients can access, the facility said. In the years since the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa, infectious disease experts from Nebraska Medicine and its academic partner the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) have taken a leading role in training other health care workers across the US and around the world in dealing with infectious diseases such as Ebola.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that it was housing the person in a secure area that is not accessible to other patients or the public.

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If the exposed person develops symptoms, Cieslak said, the Nebraska team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them because of the medical center's previous experience caring for Ebola patients.

The individual will be transported privately to the medical center.

The person, who was transported to the U.S.by private plane and transported by auto, will be monitored by federal, state and county public health officials, according to the statement.

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More than 350 people have died in the Congo during the current Ebola crisis, although the World Health Organization says the outbreak doesn't pose an global threat. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain.

The virus spreads through direct contact with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died of the disease or through semen from a man who has recovered from the disease. Once there appears any symptom, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit will be activated to admit the person, who is not officially a patient and remains anonymous due to privacy concerns.

No updates will be given on the person's status during the monitoring period unless needed, the release also states. Nebraska Medical Center is one of a handful of places in the United States that has a dedicated biocontainment unit.

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The Nebraska Medical Center treated three patients with Ebola in 2014, according to the statement, and the following year monitored several others after exposure, though none of those individuals developed the disease.