(Reuters) – An American health worker who was monitored for the Ebola virus after treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo was released from a Nebraska hospital on Saturday after doctors said they had not seen signs of the deadly disease.
The individual, whose name was not released for privacy reasons, did not develop Ebola symptoms during 21 days of monitoring at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the center said in a statement.
Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the virus, according to U.S. Pat. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The healthcare worker arrived for control in Omaha on 29 December.
Officials said the person left the city on Saturday.
If the symptoms had developed, the medic would have been moved to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the few in the United States for the treatment of highly contagious and dangerous diseases.
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest ever and has killed 385 of the 630 people infected since it started six months ago, according to the World Health Organization.
Reporting by Letitia Stein; editing by Jonathan Oatis