The American health care worker who was infected with Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone has arrived at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. for treatment.
“NIH physicians have evaluated the patient with Ebola virus disease and have determined that the patient’s condition is serious. No additional details about the patient are being shared at this time,” the NIH said in a statement.
The patient, who has not been named, arrived at the Maryland facility’s special unit for serious infectious diseases at 4:44 a.m. Friday morning. The patient is the second to be treated for Ebola at the NIH. The first was Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who was infected after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient with Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S.
The World Health Organization reports that there have been over 10,000 deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea so far, and 24,509 total cases as of Friday.