Nebraska hospital to receive 3rd Ebola patient, CDC says

A Sierra Leone surgeon will be admitted to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed Thursday.

The doctor, who’s also a legal permanent resident of the United States, is expected to arrive this weekend, most likely on Saturday.

Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center would only say late Thursday that a patient with Ebola would soon be evaluated for possible treatment at the facility.

In a statement released Thursday night, the State Department said it has been in touch with the family of the Sierra Leone surgeon along with the CDC.

“His wife, who resides in Maryland, has asked the State Department to investigate whether he is well enough to be transported back to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for treatment,” the statement said.

The Omaha facility, which has already treated two patients with Ebola, is one of four centers in the United States that has been designated to handle those stricken with the deadly virus. Two Americans, Dr. Rick Sacra and Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman who worked for NBC, were treated there and released last month.

The CDC confirmed an earlier CNN report that the patient was headed to the Nebraska hospital.

It was not immediately clear if the doctor, who is married to a U.S. citizen and has children, was working in an Ebola treatment unit or some other type of hospital.

Last week, President Obama asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread.

Administration officials say $2 billion would be apportioned to the United States Agency for International Development and $2.4 billion would go to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than $1.5 billion would be for a contingency fund.

The Ebola money is the first request from Obama in the aftermath of an election that ushered in a Republican-controlled Congress, which is being seen as a repudiation of the president. The Ebola crisis has received bipartisan attention amid concerns over the potential of the disease to spread into the United States.




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