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Omaha, NE doctors prepare to treat Ebola patient, Dr. Rick Sacra

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OMAHA (KTIV) - Thursday, we've learned that the latest American aid doctor stricken with the Ebola Virus will be moved a special biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.

Dr. Rick Sacra is being flown from Liberia, to Omaha, right now.

He's expected to arrive, tomorrow, and begin treatment in the hospital's "Biocontainment Patient Care Unit."

"Once the patient arrives, they will be transported to our unit. Once in the unit, then we will provide the supportive care necessary depending on our initial assessment of the patient, "said Dr. Angela Hewlett, Biocontainment Unit Co-director. "It's based on needs. That's not something that we'll really know until we see the patient and assess the kind of care he needs."

The president of the organization Sacra works for says he was getting excellent care from staff in Liberia, but the Nebraska facility provides advanced monitoring equipment and a wider availability of treatment options.

It was built in 2005, and is one of four such facilities in the country.

Here's what that team of doctors will face.

The Z-Mapp experimental treatment, which was used on the first two American doctors stricken with Ebola, isn't available. So, they'll have to explore other treatments. There is no known therapy for Ebola.

The Ebola hotline to answer any questions is: (402) 444-3400. Operators available 9-4, Monday-Friday.


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