Healthcare worker with Ebola now at NIH

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The American healthcare worker with Ebola virus disease is under evaluation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda. The worker, whose identity has not been released, arrived at the center at 4:44 a.m. Friday.

The worker tested positive for Ebola while volunteering at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

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Friday, he or she arrived in the area on a private plane and was admitted to NIH Clinical Center's Special Clinical Studies Unit (SCSU). The unit "is specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists," according to officials.

NIH officials say they are "taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public."

This healthcare worker is the second person with Ebola to be admitted at the center. Nurse Nina Pham was treated at the center and released free of the disease.

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