A United States’ healthcare representative is confirmed positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone was in serious condition at a Maryland hospital, and a second American citizen who may have been exposed to that patient was being coasted back to the United States, U.S. health officials reported on Friday.
The National Institutes of Health informed the U.S. Ebola patient was deported back to the United States earlier on Friday and hospitalized at the NIH’s high-security containment facility in Maryland. The patient is the 11th victim in United State treated for this deadly virus.
The NIH informed that the patient is in serious condition. The NIH did not release any additional details.
The aid group Partners In Health said in a report that the clinician was working for them in Sierra Leone, and noted their colleague “remains in good spirits.”
The U.S. CDCP Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed another American working in Sierra Leone had “possible exposure” to that patient and was being deported to the Atlanta area to be near Emory University Hospital, which has diagnosed other Ebola patients.
The developments trailed a relatively quiet period for Ebola in the United States, a recap that while the spread of the virus has eased somewhat in West Africa, it still remains hazardous.
The CDC said that as an end result of the latest case it is working to trace the contacts of volunteers struggle with Ebola in Sierra Leone, containing numerous other Americans, who might have been exposed to the healthcare worker now at the NIH.
The CDC said none of these other people, containing the one headed to Atlanta, has confirmed positive.
Though, the CDC said it was working with the State Department to advance plans to return those Americans with possible exposure to the United State, where they will segregate themselves and be under direct CDC monitoring 21 days.
A British healthcare worker who confirmed positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone was sent back this week to Britain, end to end with four others who are being observed for possible infection.
CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said the agency’s team in Sierra Leone is still collecting information but said there is no indication so far that the U.S. and British cases are concerned.
While the virus has expired about 10,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, only a bunch of cases have been found in the United States, Spain and Britain.
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