A third Ebola infected patient is expected to be admitted to the special biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday, the hospital confirmed.
The Associated Press identified the patient as Martin Salia, a surgeon who was infected with the Ebola virus while treating victims in Sierra Leone – one of the hardest hit areas in West Africa.
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Salia is a Sierra Leonean national who is a permanent resident of the United States and lives in Maryland, the AP reported, citing an anonymous source. He reportedly was working at kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, when he began experiencing Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6.
He tested negative for the virus at that time, the AP reported. However, when he was retested Monday, the results came back positive.
Doctors are evaluating the patient’s medical condition, to determine if he is healthy enough to fly to the U.S. for care, said Taylor Wilson, a spokesman for Nebraska medicine. A specialized medical transport plane, run by Phoenix Air, will fly him to Omaha if he’s strong enough to make the journey.
“The condition of the patient will dictate whether he comes to Omaha for treatment,” Wilson said in a statement. “He will be evaluated by the medical crew on the Phoenix Air jet upon their arrival in Sierra Leone.”
If the patient is deemed as healthy enough to fly, he would arrive in Omaha on Saturday, Wilson said.
For now, the patient is in stable condition at an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, AP reported.
Nebraska’s biocontainment unit has successfully treated and released two other patients: physician Rick Sacra, a missionary delivering babies in Liberia, and Ashoka Mukpo, an NBC News freelance cameraman who also became infected while working in Liberia.
All eight Americans treated with Ebola in the U.S. have survived. A Liberian national treated in Dallas, Thomas Duncan, died from the virus.