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Nebraska Ebola doctor to appear at State of the Union

January 20, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska doctor whose medical team treated three Ebola patients last year will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Dr. Philip Smith, medical director of Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit, was invited as a guest of U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. Obama is scheduled to speak Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Central Time.

Smith leads the specialized Nebraska team that treated three Ebola patients last year.

Nebraska’s biocontainment unit is the largest in the country and one of just four facilities in the United States equipped and trained to handle Ebola and other highly contagious diseases. Between September and November of last year, doctors in Nebraska successfully treated Dr. Rick Sacra and freelance journalist Ashoka Mukpo.

Sasse praised the medical staff for its courage, precision and hard work.

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