According to a news release, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will admit to its hospital on March 13 an American healthcare worker who has been diagnosed as having the Ebola virus. The patient is being transported in isolation from Sierra Leone to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit (SCSU), a high-level containment facility in Maryland which is one of a small number of such facilities in the United States. The NIH did not provide any further details about the patient.
The statement said that this will be the second Ebola patient admitted to the NIH Clinical Center. In addition, the NIH Clinical Center admitted two individuals who survived high-risk exposures to the Ebola virus while working on patients in West Africa, but who were ultimately found not to be infected. In another case, NIH successfully treated an Ebola-infected patient.
The statement said that its SCSU provides high-level isolation capabilities and has specialists in infectious diseases and critical care on hand who are trained in strict infection control practices to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola.
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