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At least 15 Ebola victims flown to U.S. for care

Hospital Safety Insider, March 19, 2015

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At least 15 Americans exposed to Ebola from a single, infected U.S. healthcare worker have been brought back to the United States for treatment, according to NBC News.

According to the report, which quoted CDC officials who held a press conference March 17, the exposed workers work for Partners in Health, a nonprofit group that’s been helping fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

One unnamed person who was potentially exposed was brought to Atlanta to be near Emory University Hospital for observation, according to the report, and then 14 others who may have been exposed while trying to help their sick colleague. That person is in critical condition with symptoms at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) outside Washington, D.C., according to the report.

The Ebola virus has infected more than 24,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia and killed more than 10,000 of them, according to the report. The patient at NIH is the 11th to be treated in the United States.

 



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