Ebola Patient May Be Flown to Nebraska Hospital
A third Ebola patient could be headed 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 virus while treating victims in Sierra Leone, one of the hardest-hit areas of West Africa.
The patient is a Sierra Leonean national who is a permanent resident of the United States and lives in Maryland, AP reported, citing an anonymous source. He was working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, when he came down with Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6.
He tested negative for the virus at that time, AP reported. When he was tested again on Monday, the results came back positive.
Doctors are evaluating the patient’s medical condition to see whether he is healthy enough to fly to the USA for care, said Taylor Wilson, a spokesman for Nebraska Medicine. A specialized medical transport plane, run by Phoenix Air, could fly him to Omaha if he is strong enough.