Nebraska medical facility says it's monitoring American possibly exposed to Ebola

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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.

An American who may have been exposed to the lethal disease Ebola while in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Nebraska to be monitored, the medical facility revealed Saturday.

Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola during the epidemic that ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from 2014 to 2016. "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them".

However, Ebola has an incubation period rate of three weeks before symptoms can appear, meaning doctors are proceeding with caution.

If indications of Ebola are seen, the individual will be admitted and the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit will be activated. Officials said the patient was transported by private plane and vehicle.

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Ebola - also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever - is a rare and deadly virus that can be spread through human contact with bodily fluids and causes severe bleeding and organ failure.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo were more than 590 cases of infection with a deadly virus of Ebola, another 360 people died as a result of the disease.

Congo has been battling an Ebola outbreak since August, culminating in 543 cases confirmed and 357 deaths as of late December, according to the World Health Organisation. Working with federal, state and county public health officials, they will be monitored in a secure area not accessible by the public or any patients.

The individual will be monitored in a unit at the medical center that can safely quarantine individuals exposed to highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain.

The monitoring will likely last up to two weeks. Nebraska Medical Center is one of a handful of places in the United States that has a dedicated biocontainment unit. In 2015, several others were monitored who had possibly been exposed.