Africa recorded almost 600 cases of infection with Ebola virus

Africa recorded almost 600 cases of infection with Ebola virus

"Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them", he said in the press release.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare, deadly disease that can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal or a sick or dead person infected with the disease, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The individual was transported to the NBU by private plane and automobile.

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.

"The individual was moved safely and securely", a State Department representative said.

The Congolese government is grappling with the second largest Ebola outbreak on record.

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There have been 543 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, according to the World Health Organization.

"The individual is isolated and under observation at a medical facility per standard medical protocol". Doctors are working with federal, state and county public health officials to monitor the doctor in a secure area separate from the public and other patients. Monitoring could last up to two weeks. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. Two of the three recovered, but one, who had been ill for more than a week before he was evacuated from Sierra Leone, died two days after arriving in Nebraska. The deadly virus can infect a human in contact with monkeys, bats and other wildlife that make contact with a person's bodily fluids.

No updates will be given on the person's status during the monitoring period unless needed, the release also states. The Nebraska Medical Center has treated Ebola patients in previous outbreaks.

Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) would be activated and the person admitted.

The Nebraska Medical Center's Biocontainment Unit is one of only several nationwide that was built and equipped for the specific goal of housing and monitoring individual who suffered possible exposure to a deadly disease, according to Wilson.

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