University of Nebraska Medical Center, which recently treated Rick Sacra, a doctor working for SIM who contracted Ebola in West Africa, said it will receive another Ebola patient for treatment Monday. The father of Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News, identified his son as the individual who will be treated, Reuters reported.
Mukpo contracted Ebola in Liberia. He had a fever and complained of tiredness, two potential Ebola symptoms, and later tested positive for the virus, which is spread through contact with blood and bodily fluids of an infected person.
In a press conference Sunday, Rosanna Morris, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at UNMC, said the hospital learned about receiving the Ebola patient on Saturday. Regarding the disposal of Ebola waste, which must be disposed of properly to prevent the spread of infection, Morris said the hospital was ready to handle a second patient following Sacra's release.
"What we, primarily, have learned is that the systems that have been in place, and that the team has drilled for, for almost 10 years worked really well with this particular circumstance. The team has, and at the time did, at least twice-a-day reviews in terms of our system processing," Morris said.
UNMC, much like Emory University Hospital where Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were treated, has a Biocontainment Unit and a specially trained staff to handle these types of infections.
"The unit is equipped with a special air-handling system to ensure microorganisms don't spread beyond the patient rooms, with high-level filtration for additional protection. A dunk tank for lab specimens and a pass-through autoclave help assure that hazardous materials are decontaminated before leaving the unit," Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit, said in a statement. The 10-bed unit is guarded and isolated from the other sections of the hospital.
The first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.