Moscow, December 30 (Sputnik). An American citizen traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to join forces to prevent the current Ebola outbreak in the northeastern African country was placed under the supervision of a doctor at the University of Nebraska, when he doubted the possible exposure of the pathogen.
According to data published by the medical center on its website, the person concerned "does not have Ebola symptoms", however, the situation requires constant monitoring of their status.
"This person may have been exposed to the virus, but it is not painful and there is no risk of infection," said Ted Cieslak, a specialist in infection at the University Medical Center.
It is stated that the observation period can be extended to two weeks.
According to the latest data from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ministry of Health, the occurrence of Ebola in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri has so far caused a total of 360 deaths, of 593 cases, including 545 confirmed; 203 people managed to recover.
Ebola virus disease is a serious illness that often leads to a deadly outcome, with a death rate reaching 50 per cent.
It spreads from person to person or through direct contact with organs, blood or other body fluids of infected persons or indirect contact with contaminated materials and is accompanied by fever, weakness and muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, dysfunction of the kidneys, and liver, and in some cases internal and external bleeds.
The incubation period of the virus varies between two and 21 days. (Sputnik)