American doctor exposed to Ebola transferred to USA to be monitored

American doctor exposed to Ebola transferred to USA to be monitored

According to a release from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, the person, who has not been identified, was sent to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for monitoring.

Infectious disease specialist Mark Rupp said that the Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units.

Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. The worker was transported back to the USA on a private plane. Several others were monitored at the facility for possible exposure in 2015. They bring the outbreak total to 598 cases, 548 of which have been confirmed. There have been 543 confirmed cases and 309 confirmed deaths related to the virus in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. All of the newly reported deaths were recorded in the community, which means greater virus exposure to family and caregivers and a higher risk of further cases.

The WHO announced on Friday (December 28) that progress in fighting the outbreak is imperiled by fighting in the areas of Beni and Butembo within DRC, Reuters reports. The removal of barricades placed on the roads by the demonstrators allowed the ambulances to circulate and recover some sick patients. "Some dignified and safe burials were made in both health zones".

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Uganda has resumed Ebola screening for all arrivals from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the border between the two countries re-opened on Monday.

At the moment, from the deadly disease died of 360 people, more than 200 have been treated. Another 48 probable cases are being investigated.

Raphael Mbuyi, Oxfam's acting country director in the DRC, said: "This is an extremely worrying situation, as every time the Ebola response has been suspended before we've seen a big spike in the number of new cases".

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