US Ebola patient being treated in Washington

2015-03-15 12:00
A member of Doctors Without Borders putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry. (Cellou Binani, AFP)

A member of Doctors Without Borders putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry. (Cellou Binani, AFP)

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New York - A US health care worker has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being treated at the government's main health facility outside the nation's capital, the Centers for Disease Control said on Saturday.

Several other American citizens have been potentially exposed to the infection and are to be transported by non-commercial aircraft for quarantine near one of the three US centres equipped to treat Ebola, the CDC said in an e-mailed statement.

The infected worker arrived Friday by medevac and was admitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland for treatment.

The CDC did not say how many other citizens were possibly exposed, but CNN reported the number as "10 or so." They will be housed for observation during the 21-day incubation period near the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in the mid-western city of Omaha, Nebraska; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; or NIH.

"In the event an individual shows symptoms, they will be transported following protocol to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care," the CDC said.

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