UPDATED: March 26, 2015 4:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) – The condition of the American healthcare worker being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda has improved.

NIH says their condition has gone from critical to serious condition.

The patient was flown in isolation from Sierra Leone on a chartered plane and arrived March 13. The NIH said initially that the patient was in serious condition, but announced last week that his status had been downgraded to critical.

The patient’s name and age have not been released. He is a clinician working with Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, which has been treating patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone since November.

“Our colleague is doing much better,” Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer said in a statement. “In fact, he has, in the opinion of some of the best doctors and nurses in the world, turned the corner. He is likely a long way from discharge, but is improving on all fronts.”

The organization said ten other clinicians who had been in contact with the infected health care worker are also being monitored but don’t appear to be showing symptoms.

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