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5 U.S. aid workers monitored for Ebola in Nebraska released

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    A child stands near a sign advising of a quarantined home in an effort to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, health officials said four more medical aid workers have been flown from West Africa to the United States, for monitoring for Ebola. The latest arrivals bring to 16 the number of aid workers evacuated in the last week from Sierra Leone.
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OMAHA, Neb. >> All five American aid workers being monitored in Nebraska for exposure to Ebola have completed their quarantine periods free from symptoms of the deadly virus.

Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said Tuesday that four of the individuals who were brought to Omaha earlier this month for monitoring have left the area. The fifth, who developed a heart problem Saturday and required CPR, has now been discharged from the hospital and will soon leave Omaha.

The health care workers were exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone when one of their colleagues became ill with the deadly virus. They were staying on the Nebraska Medical Center’s campus while in quarantine. Ebola has a 21-day incubation period.

The Omaha hospital treated three patients with Ebola last fall in its specialized biocontainment unit.

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