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American monitored for Ebola released

Posted: 8:17 PM, Jan 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-13 21:17:44-05
Ebola Presser

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The American health care worker under observation after being exposed to the deadly Ebola virus is now headed home.

The person was monitored for 21 days at Nebraska Medicine and showed no signs or symptoms of Ebola. They arrived at the medical center December 29th after being exposed to the virus while working in Africa.

“This person completed the required 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease,” said Ted Cieslak MD, infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine and associate professor of epidemiology in the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health. “Because this individual was symptom free throughout the monitoring period, it was determined they did not have Ebola, and therefore, were free to depart our facility and return home.”

If the person showed signs of Ebola, they would have been transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, where three patients were treated in 2014.

The health care worker was released.