American who contracted Ebola arrives at Maryland hospital

FILE -- An ambulance carrying Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, drives to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Dr. Salia is the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S. (AP Photo/Margery A. Beck)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health says an American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has arrived safely at its hospital in Maryland.

The NIH says the patient arrived at the hospital in Bethesda, north of Washington, before 5 a.m. Friday and the patient’s condition is still being evaluated. The patient’s name, age and gender have not been released.

Officials say the patient was transported to the United States in isolation on a chartered plane.

The NIH has one of the few containment facilities nationwide set up to treat Ebola patients. Previously, an American nurse was treated there after she contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in a Dallas hospital. The nurse, Nina Pham, survived and is Ebola-free.

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