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Precaution: Doctor Exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone Transferred to NIH Isolation Unit

Mon September 29 2014 6:11 am  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=71269
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An American doctor exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone is now under observation in an isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health.

An American doctor, whose identity was not released and who was exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone, is now under observation in an isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health. He does not have the disease but is being watched out of an abundance of caution. The patient arrived at the NIH Clinical Center on Sunday, September 28, at approximately 4 p.m. ET. He was transferred from a jet aircraft at Frederick Municipal Airport and transferred by National Institutes of Health Fire Department Ambulance 751.

The patient is an American physician who was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

Out of an abundance of caution, the patient has been admitted to the NIH Clinical Center’s special clinical studies unit that is specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists. The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola.

No additional details about the patient are available at this time.

NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public. This situation presents minimal risk to any of them.


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