(AP) — An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering
in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of
Health near the nation's capital.
patient, who was not identified, arrived at NIH's Clinical Center about 4 p.m.,
NIH said in a statement on its website.
that out of "an abundance of caution," the physician was admitted to
a special isolation unit. NIH infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci
wouldn't discuss details about the patient but said that in general, an
exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick.
someone is exposed, you want to put them into the best possible situation so if
something happens you can take care of them," Fauci said.
is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff and
the public," the agency said in a statement.
other American aid workers who were sickened by Ebola while volunteering in the
West African outbreak have been treated at hospitals in Georgia and Nebraska.
One remains hospitalized while the others have recovered.
Associated Press photographer saw a person dressed in a white protective suit
get off a plane and walk to a waiting ambulance at the Frederick Municipal
Airport in Maryland about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
plane's tail number matched that of the aircraft that has been used previously
to transport other Ebola patients to the United States from overseas.
spokesman John Burklow confirmed that the plane carrying the patient landed at