NIH Preparing to Admit Patient Exposed to Ebola Virus

photo of CDC Infographic on EbolaThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) is preparing to admit a patient who has been exposed to the Ebola virus to its Clinical Center in the coming days.

According to a news released posted on the NIH website, the patient is an American physician who was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

The patient is reportedly being admitted to the NIH Clinical Center for observation and to enroll in a clinical study.

Out of an abundance of caution, NIH officials said the patient will be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center’s special clinical studies unit that is specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists.

According to NIH, the unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola.

No additional details about the patient were released.

NIH officials said it is important to remember that Ebola patients can be safely cared for at any hospital that follows CDC’s infection control recommendations and can isolate a patient in a private room.

 
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