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How Ebola treatments in NE have changed since 2014

Posted at 6:37 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 19:37:16-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Since the first major Ebola outbreak in 2014, Nebraska Medicine has been at the forefront of treating infectious diseases. Doctors here in Omaha want to put to bed any rumors about how the disease is spread.

Just five years ago, Ebola was a major cause for concern.

Dr. James Lawler, who heads the bio-containment unit at Nebraska medicine says since then, a lot has changed.

The hospital recently performed a drill involving a team treating a mock pregnant Ebola patient.

Lawler says, compared to 2014, they're ahead of the game and there's now a vaccine.

Nebraska Medicine has seen just one Ebola patient since 2014 who was exposed at a hospital in the Congo. With their new national quarantine unit, Nebraska Medicine says they're ready for what comes next.