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Ebola patient to be transported to US

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 09:42:05-04

An American citizen who contracted Ebola in Africa is expected to arrive in the United States for treatment on Friday, according to The Associated Press

No identifying information has been released on the person, who will be treated at a secure facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, according to AP. 

The person was volunteering in Africa as a health worker. 

The news comes the same day the World Health Organization announced the outbreak has killed 10,000 people. This is the worst Ebola outbreak in world history. 

The person is not the first person to be treated for Ebola in the United States.

Dr. Martin Salia came to the United States after being infected with the disease from his work in Sierra Leone, but died on Nov. 17, 2014

Dr. Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola in New York City after being taken to a hospital on Oct. 23, 2014. He was later released after being cleared.

No one has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States since Spencer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dallas nurses Amber Vinson and Nina Pham both recovered from Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known person to have Ebola in the United States. Duncan died of the disease. Pham also was treated at the Bethesda location. 

Three other medical professionals and a missionary also were treated and released from U.S. hospitals after being infected with Ebola. Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC, also was cleared of the disease. 

No one has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States since Spencer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the CDC, people with Ebola normally get flu-like symptoms that include headaches, fever, body aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain or lack of appetite. People also could have bleeding inside and outside of the body along with red eyes and trouble breathing. 

Ebola is hard to contract. It can be transferred through direct contact with bodily fluids from someone infected, objects like needles contaminated with the virus or infected animals.