Nebraska Medical Center takes possible Ebola patient

A healthcare worker from the U.S. who was exposed to the Ebola virus while in Sierra Leone arrived at Omaha-based Nebraska Medical Center Sunday for observation, according to a Washington Post report.

The unnamed patient, who is in the hospital's biocontainment unit, has not tested positive for Ebola, but will be at the hospital for the virus' 21-day incubation period. The hospital's team is using the same precautions as they would with a patient who had tested positive for Ebola out of an abundance of caution, according to the report.

Nebraska Medical Center has treated three other Ebola patients: Rick Sacra, MD, and Ashoka Mukpo both survived the virus after being treated in the hospital's biocontainment unit, and Martin Salia, who died from the virus about two days after arriving at the hospital.

Nebraska Medical Center has notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the patient but has not asked for the agencies involvement, according to the report.

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