An American physician exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is expected to be admitted to the National Institutes of Health, officials at the Bethesda-based agency said Saturday in a statement.
NIH officials said that the patient, who was volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone, is expected to be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center for observation as well as to take part in a clinical study. Officials offered no additional information about the patient.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the patient will be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit that is specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists," NIH officials said.
Ebola patients, NIH officials said, can be safely cared for at any hospital that follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations. Hospitals must also be able to isolate a patient in a private room, NIH officials said.