US medical worker exposed to Ebola overseas heads to Omaha

This photo provided by the CDC shows an Ebola virus. (AP Photo/CDC)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone is being transported to a Nebraska hospital for observation.

The Nebraska Medical Center says the patient should arrive in Omaha around 2 p.m. CST Sunday.

Dr. Phil Smith, who leads the hospital’s specialized biocontainment unit, says the patient “is not ill and is not contagious.” He added that “all appropriate precautions” will be taken.

The new patient will be observed for any signs of Ebola throughout the virus’ 21-day incubation period.

Three patients with Ebola have been treated at the Omaha hospital — two recovered, one died.

The World Health Organization says more than 8,000 have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that began about a year ago.

 

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