US Transporting Ebola Victim to Nebraska This Weekend – Patient Initially Tested Negative for Ebola
The US is transporting an Ebola victim to Nebraska this weekend.
The surgeon, a Sierra Leone national, is married to a US citizen and has children.
A surgeon who’s a Sierra Leone national and a legal permanent resident of the United States will be transported from Sierra Leone to The Nebraska Medical Center for treatment for Ebola, a government official familiar with the situation said.
The doctor is expected to arrive this weekend, most likely Saturday, the official said.
The official said it’s not known whether the doctor was working in an Ebola treatment unit or some other type of hospital. The surgeon is married to a U.S. citizen and has children, the official said.
The surgeon will be the 10th Ebola patient on American soil.
Doctors are about to treat their 10th Ebola patient on American soil. A Sierra Leonean surgeon, with U.S. residency, will be flown to Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, on Saturday.
A federal official with knowledge of the case said the patient would arrive from Sierra Leone, one of the West African nations grappling with the Ebola outbreak. The patient is a male surgeon, a Sierra Leone national and a permanent American resident who tested positive for the virus on Monday.
The surgeon tested negative twice for Ebola.
CBS Local reported:
The surgeon, Dr. Martin Salia, will be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the person said. A Sierra Leone citizen, the 44-year-old Salia lives in Maryland and is a legal permanent U.S. resident, according to the person, who was not authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Salia is a general surgeon who had been working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, according to the person familiar with the case. He came down with symptoms of Ebola on Nov. 6 but test results were negative for the virus. He was tested again on Monday, and he tested positive.
The State Department said in a statement late Thursday, that along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it had been in touch with the Maryland wife of an unidentified Ebola patient about transferring him to the Nebraska Medical Center for care.