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Potential Ebola patient moved to NIH

The hospital said the doctor was not infected but exposed.

By Aileen Graef
Potential Ebola patient moved to NIH
This National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) image taken on August 12, 2014 by a digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a single filamentous Ebola virus particle. Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates. UPI/NIAID | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- An American doctor exposed to Ebola in West Africa arrived at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., Sunday afternoon.

The unidentified patient was exposed to the virus but has not been infected. He has been admitted to the hospital "out of an abundance of caution."

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"Out of an abundance of caution, the patient has been 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," said the hospital in a statement. "The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola."

The doctor was working in Sierra Leone when he was exposed. He is now in a special isolation unit to prevent the spread of the disease.

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