OMAHA, Neb. (TheBlaze/AP) — An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived at a Nebraska hospital for observation.
The patient landed in Omaha Sunday afternoon. Paramedics wearing full-body protective gear drove the patient to Nebraska Medicine, which has a specialized biocontainment unit.
Dr. Phil Smith, who leads the unit, said the patient is neither ill nor contagious and that "all appropriate precautions" will be taken.
The patient will be observed for any signs of Ebola throughout the virus' 21-day incubation period.
Three Ebola patients have been treated at the Omaha hospital. Two recovered; one died.
The World Health Organization said more than 8,000 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that began about a year ago.
The following report ran just prior to the patient's arrival in Omaha: