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US Ebola scare: Health workers quarantined in Nebraska over & # 39; possible exposure & # 39; | World | News



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 (CDC).

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.

Ted Cieslak, a specialist in infectious diseases with Nebraska Medicine and professor of epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, said: "This person may have been infected with the virus but not sick and not contagious.

"If there are symptoms that arise, the Nebraska Medicine / UNMC team is one of the most qualified in the world to deal with it."

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.

The latest WHO bulletin, published on Thursday, stated: "The Ministry of Health (WHO), WHO and partners continue to respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"While civil society in general continues to support the Ebola response, operations in some areas affected by the outbreak have been temporarily disrupted due to insecurity.

"The organization's priority is to end the epidemic, and we hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible, while remaining committed to ensuring the safety of all staff deployed.

"WHO continues to monitor the situation carefully and will adjust the response as needed."

Meanwhile, today's election in the eastern region affected by the outbreak has been suspended – prompting widespread anger from opponents of President Josephn Kabila who claimed it was a ruse to stop them from voting.

Residents in Beni held a mock presidential election on Sunday to show the government the decision to postpone the vote there because health concerns were unfounded.

Hundreds of people queued at Beni, the opposition stronghold, to get fake voter cards stamped by men dressed as election officials.

One participant in the mock election said: "We are very suffering here in Beni.

"They now come up with excuses about Ebola. Why don't they close markets, roads and churches?"


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