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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2014

Contact Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356
leah.bucco-white@nebraska.gov

Statement from Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health on DHHS/Nebraska Medical Center
Opening Nebraska Biocontainment Unit to Care for Second Ebola Patient

Lincoln – At the request of the U.S. State Department, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services along with the Nebraska Medical Center agreed to open the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit to provide treatment to a second person with Ebola. The man contracted the virus while working in West Africa.
  
Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services offers this statement:
 
“The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit was built with the purpose of providing specialized care to people with potentially deadly and infectious diseases. 
 
“We have the expertise and training and we have a second person who needs our help. Once again, DHHS and the Nebraska Medical Center will open the Biocontainment Unit. We believe we can safely open our doors and provide the best possible care while protecting the public.
 
“We understand if some people have concerns. I want Nebraskans to know that we have highly-trained professionals ready to provide quality medical care in a safe, self-contained environment. This situation is of minimal risk to the Omaha area and the rest of Nebraska.”
 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola site - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
 
DHHS’ Ebola site - http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/ebola  
 
Nebraska Medical Center – Biocontainment Unit - http://www.nebraskamed.com/biocontainment-unit
 
A photo of Dr. Acierno is available at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/newsroom_downloads_images.aspx