American being monitored for Ebola released from hospital

American being monitored for Ebola released from hospital
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An American physician who was potentially exposed to Ebola while working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was released from the hospital Saturday.

The doctor arrived to the U.S. on Dec. 29 and had been at a secure area at the University of Nebraska until Saturday.

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“This person completed the required 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease,” Dr. Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine told The Hill.

“Because this individual was symptom free throughout the monitoring period, it was determined they did not have Ebola, and therefore, were free to depart our facility and return home.”

Over 350 people have died in the Ebola crisis currently affecting the Congo. The World Health Organization has said this outbreak does not pose an international threat.

Election violence in the Congo has hindered efforts to combat the disease in the last months.

This is the second largest spread of Ebola since an outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,300 people several years ago.