Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, who is the third American aid worker who has been infected with Ebola, is beginning treatment Friday in the Nebraska Medical Center's 10-bed special isolation unit, the largest of four such units in the U.S. Doctors say Sacra is sick, but in stable condition.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold says doctors have been preparing to treat a patient like this for some time.
Dr. Mark Rupp, chief of infectious diseases division at the Nebraska Medical Center, said at a news conference that the isolation unit where Dr. Rick Sacra is being treated was built to treat highly infectious and deadly diseases.
Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the unit, said doctors will focus on care such as keeping Sacra hydrated and keeping his vital signs stable. A team of 35 medical staffers will attend to him.
Smith and other doctors said Sacra's transfer to Omaha posed no threat to the public, noting Ebola is transmitted through close contact with an infected person.
The Nebraska State Patrol provided transport security with assistance from the Omaha and Bellevue police departments.