The PJ Tatler

At Least 10 Americans to Return with Possible Ebola Exposure

On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control announced that at least 10 Americans were possibly exposed to the Ebola virus and will return to the United States for monitoring.

They will be transported by non-commercial air transport and will be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the CDC said.

According to the CDC, none of the people are exhibiting symptoms. However, on Friday a U.S. health worker who tested positive for Ebola arrived at the NIH campus in Bethesda in serious condition.

CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner said 10 people who may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient or who had a similar exposure to the virus as the patient were being flown to the United States. But he said the investigation was continuing and there may be more Americans evacuated from Africa.

A CDC statement said the 10 individuals will follow the center’s recommended monitoring and movement guidelines during the 21-day incubation period.

If someone shows symptoms, they will be transported to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care, the CDC said.

On Friday, the CDC sent a a team to Sierra Leone to try to figure out how the healthcare worker was exposed to the virus.