The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has admitted an American patient who has been exposed to the Ebola virus to its Clinical Center for observation and to enroll in a clinical protocol.

The patient is a physician who was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. The patient was admitted on September 28 to the NIH Clinical Center’s special clinical studies unit that is designed for high-level isolation and is staffed by specialists in infectious diseases and critical care who are trained in strict infection control practices to prevent the spread of potentially transmissible agents like Ebola.

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The patient will be under observation and will enroll in a clinical protocol. No additional information about the patients is currently available.

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