Reports: Third Ebola patient headed to Nebraska Medical Center

Friday, November 14, 2014
By Paul Martin

Michael Winter
USA TODAY
November 14, 2014

A third Ebola patient is headed to the special Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center this weekend, according to news reports Thursday.

The Associated Press identified the patient as Martin Salia, a surgeon who was infected with the virus while treating victims in Sierra Leone, one of the hardest-hit areas of West Africa.

The patient is a Sierra Leonean national who is a permanent resident of the United States and lives in Maryland, AP reported, citing an anonymous source. He reportedly was working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, when he came down with Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6.

He tested negative for the virus at that time, AP reported. When he was tested again on Monday, the results came back positive.

The patient will arrive Saturday at the University of Nebraska facility, the Omaha World-Herald reported, citing an unidentified person “with knowledge of the patient’s impending arrival.”

He is in stable condition at an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, AP reported.

The university would not confirm the reports, saying in a written statement that the staff has “been in a state of readiness” to treat Ebola patients since August, when the State Department visited its Biocontainment Unit, the nation’s largest.

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