(Reuters) – A US health worker who may be exposed to the Ebola virus when treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the United States on Saturday and put into quarantine in Nebraska.
Medical personnel, who show no symptoms of Ebola, will remain under surveillance for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement.
Individual names not released for privacy reasons.
Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with a deadly virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If symptoms develop, health workers will be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the few in the United States to treat infectious diseases.
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second worst and has killed 356 of the 585 people infected since it began six months ago, according to the World Health Organization.
Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and health colleges, together with UNMC academic partners, is among the world leaders in the treatment of Ebola, which spreads through contact with body fluids and causes dengue fever with severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding.
Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with the virus in 2014 and monitored several others for exposure during the 2013-16 outbreak in West Africa, which was the worst record, with more than 28,000 confirmed cases.
Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico, edited by G Crosse