OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The person monitored by Nebraska Medicine for potential exposure to the Ebola virus has been released.
According to the medical facility, the person completed the 21-day monitoring period without developing symptoms and posing no risk to the public.
The person left the facility on Saturday morning. They arrived at the plant on December 29th.
The full press release is included below.
We are pleased to announce that the US healthcare provider is being monitored for possible exposure to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been released from Nebraska Medicine ̵
"This person completed the necessary 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease," said Ted Cieslak MD, infectious disease specialist with Nebraska Medicine and associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health. "Because this person was symptom-free throughout the monitoring period, it was established that they did not have Ebola and therefore they could deviate from our plant and come home."
"We are very grateful to our highly educated and experienced staff who have worked closely with national and regional leaders in this effort," said Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, Chancellor of the UNMC and the University of Nebraska Omaha. "Successfully orchestrating an operation of this size requires a team-based approach and coordination at a number of levels."
This effort is the beginning of a major monitoring and training role for Nebraska Medicine and its education and research partner UNMC, in preparation for possible exposures such as this. The UNMC will soon be home to the Global Center for Health Security, which is partly funded by a contribution from the Assistant Secretary for Emergency and Response (ASPR). The center has a six-bed biocontainment training unit and two independent quarantine units. The quarantine units will have a total of 20 individual compressed air monitoring rooms.
This person arrived for surveillance in Omaha on December 29th. Federal, state and county public health officials coordinated the monitoring efforts at the Nebraska Medical Center. The individual was monitored in a safe area that was not accessible to the public or any patients.
If this person had developed Ebola, they would have been transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, where three patients with Ebola were treated in 2014. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of which developed the disease.
Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the country's few dedicated bioconductors. In the years since the Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2014, infectious disease experts from Nebraska Medicine and UNMC have played a leading role in educating other healthcare professionals across the United States and around the world to treat infectious diseases such as Ebola.