The United States Government through its National Institutes of Health outside Washington, D.C. has informed that the Ebola patient evacuated from Sierra Leone last week in serious medical condition has deteriorated further and was now in critical condition. Whilst the patient’s identity has still not been revealed, the NIH said on Monday 16th March 2015 that “NIH physicians have changed the status of the patient with Ebola virus disease being treated at the NIH Clinical Center from serious to critical condition. No additional details about the patient are being shared at this time”.
In a further development, whilst the NIH said it “has no pending admissions of additional individuals with Ebola virus disease or exposed to the Ebola virus”, other international news outlets have reported that one of the ten Americans evacuated out of Sierra Leone, has also developed symptoms that appear to be Ebola related.
The patients reportedly worked for Partners in Health, a group that has 2,000 employees in West Africa, including 100 expatriates.
NBC News reported that of the 10 other clinicians who worked to help the Ebola-infected patient and were evacuated to the United States for observation, “One has been taken to the biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska’s medical center after developing symptoms”.
“At this point, this person has not tested positive for the Ebola virus,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the unit adding. “However, because of a change in symptoms, we decided the most prudent course of action was to bring the individual to the Biocontainment Unit, where we can better monitor symptoms and safely perform testing. However, some of the symptoms which prompted the move to the Biocontainment Unit have resolved this morning.”
Meanwhile, the other nine Americans are reported to be all under self-quarantine outside of three special isolation units where Ebola patients have been treated: at the NIH, Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and the Nebraska Medical Center so they can be speedily treated if they begin to show symptoms.
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