NIH to care for US doctor exposed to Ebola virus

Sep 27, 2014 5:13 PM

The National Institutes of Health is preparing to care for an American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

As early as Sunday, the physician is expected to be admitted to the special isolation unit at NIH's hospital in suburban Washington, D.C., out of what the agency called "an abundance of caution," for observation.

NIH infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci wouldn't discuss details about the patient but said that in general, an exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick.

Four other American aid workers who were infected with Ebola while volunteering in the West African outbreak have been treated at hospitals in Georgia and Nebraska. One remains hospitalized while the rest have recovered.


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