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January 2, 2019

Around the nation: US doctor potentially exposed to Ebola being monitored in Nebraska

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    The doctor is being monitored at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.

    • Nebraska: An American doctor who recently returned from providing medical assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have been exposed to the Ebola virus and is being monitored at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health (UNMC). According to Ted Cieslak, an infectious disease specialist with Nebraska Medicine, the doctor is not currently ill or contagious. Cieslak added, "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them." Nebraska Medicine said it would not give updates on the patient unless the patient develops Ebola symptoms (Brown, USA Today, 12/31/18).

    • Texas: A 14-pound, 13-ounce baby born at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has broken the record for the heaviest baby ever born at the hospital. According to Jennifer Medlock, the baby's mother, the child was expected to be around 10 pounds. "We did not expect 14 pounds," she said (May, USA Today, 12/28/18).

    • Virginia: Bon Secours has received approval to build a new $77 million hospital in Virginia. The new hospital, which will be called Harbour View Hospital, will reportedly focus on surgery and will contain 18 beds and four ORs (AP/Modern Healthcare, 12/28/18).

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