NIH to admit patient exposed to Ebola

The National Institutes of Health will admit a patient who was exposed to Ebola in the next few days, the organization said on Saturday.

The health facility did not disclose the patient’s name, but said the American doctor came into contact with the virus while volunteering at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leon.


“Out of an abundance of caution,” the patient will be admitted to an NIH unit specifically designed to prevent the spread of viruses like Ebola, the organization said. The unit is built so that patients can be heavily isolated.

The new patient will be subject to observation and a clinical study.

“It is important to remember that Ebola patients can be safely cared for at any hospital that follows [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] infection control recommendations and can isolate a patient in a private room,” the NIH said in a statement.

“NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public,” it added. “This situation is of minimal risk to NIH staff and the public.”

Four other American aid workers were infected with Ebola while volunteering in West African nations that have been affected by the outbreak. All but one has been released after being treated at U.S. hospitals.