The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has chartered a private flight to fly back one of its exposed employee back to the United States for treatment after exposure to Ebola. The CDC employee worked in West Africa in an isolation unit for Ebola patients, and has been flown back to the US for monitoring in case he comes down with Ebola infection.
The employee has not been confirmed to have contracted the Ebola virus, but since he worked within three feet of an infected patient, he was flown back to the US for monitoring in case he was exposed and at risk. Although the employee is currently in good health and does not show any signs of infections or fever, the CDC is not taking chances with his health because Ebola might take up to 3 weeks before symptoms start showing.
This employee had observed the greatest levels of caution and personal protection while working in West Africa, and his low-risk contact with patients is still something to look into at the CDC headquarters in the US. In transporting him back to the US, the CDC had applied its policy that exposed individuals travel long distance by a private transportation for at least 3 weeks after his contact with the last patient.
This exposed CDC employee is not the first person to be evacuated from Sierra Leone or Liberia and Guinea after exposure to Ebola patients. The WHO earlier this week evacuated a staff from Africa after possible exposure to Ebola and even closed down a lab to effect a total clampdown on the infection; and three other Canadians were evacuated by Canada when people displayed symptoms in the hotel they stayed; again, another British nurse, William Pooley was also evacuated after exposure to the deadly Ebola disease.