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A doctor from America who was working in the Democratic Republic of Congo treating patients was flown to Nebraska Medical Center after he may have been exposed to the Ebola virus which can be deadly.
According to the hospital, the doctor was taken to a secure area of the hospital which the public and patients can not get to hospital officials reported.
The doctor has not shown any signs of illness and is stable. The doctor could remain in the hospital to be monitored for two weeks or more based on any symptoms and his vital signs. If the doctor should exhibit any symptoms, he will be moved to the Biocontainment Unit in the hospital. This is an isolation unit which is specialized. It has waste processing in the unit so the patient can be monitored closer.
According to Dr. Ted Cieslak who is with Nebraska Medicine and specializes in infectious diseases, the patient is not sick and doesn’t appear to be contagious. Even though he may have been exposed there doesn’t appear to be any issues. If he should exhibit symptoms the team at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC are some of the best in the world and can deal with any issues which may arise.
In 2014 the University of Nebraska had 3 individuals treated for Ebola and they were placed in their containment unit. In 2015 the hospital monitored multiple people but none had active disease.
The doctor who was flown into Nebraska Medical Center will receive some of the best treatment in the world.
The Virus can incubate once exposed anywhere from 2-21 days. However, symptoms generally become noticeable between 8-10 days
Ebola symptoms can include a severe headache, fever, vomiting, extreme fatigue, diarrhea and as the disease progresses on can bleed from the gastrointestinal tract and lungs.
Unless an individual shows signs of the illness they are not contagious.
The CDC said people can be infected with the virus if they come into contact directly with fruit bad or an animal who is infected with the virus. Also, it can be spread from another person who has the illness or somebody who died who was infected with Ebola.
Ebola is spread only from contact which is direct. It is also spread through mucous membranes in the nose, mouth, eyes or skin tears. If the person is sick with Ebola, their bodily fluids and blood also carry the virus. Also the fluids of those who have died from the virus continue to be carriers. Needles and syringes that have body fluids from a person infected with Ebola can transmit it. Finally, semen from a man who had the virus in the past and is now recovered can still transmit the virus by vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Ebola outbreaks in the Congo began in August 2018. It is considered the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. The Congo health ministry stated that 593 people were suspected to have the virus or confirmed to have it. The virus also caused 360 deaths.
The Post reported that the doctor may have been exposed to Ebola a week ago and was given a vaccine for Ebola which was experimental. The vaccine called V920 is presently in phase 3 clinical trial stage. In 2015 a study published showed it was 100$ effective.
There will be continued updates on the doctor who was flown to Nebraska Medical Center to see if he does develop symptoms of Ebola.
Written By Barbara Sobel
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