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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Md., confirmed that it is evaluating a patient who "presented with flu-like symptoms and a travel history ...we do not have a confirmed diagnosis of Ebola."

October 3 at 6:09 PM

Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Two Washington area hospitals said within hours of each other Friday that they had admitted a patient with symptoms and travel histories associated with Ebola.
A patient, who had recently traveled to Nigeria, came to Howard University Hospital in the District overnight "presenting symptoms that could be associated with Ebola," spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement.
"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient," she said. "Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health."
Just hours later, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md., confirmed that it is evaluating a patient who "presented with flu-like symptoms and a travel history that matches criteria for possible Ebola."
But, the hospital said in a statement: "At this time, lab results indicate that this patient has another illness and we do not have a confirmed diagnosis of Ebola."
A spokeswoman for Shady Grove Adventist declined to say whether the patient, who remains is in isolation, had tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus.
Shady Grove Adventist, in the suburbs north of Washington, said the patient was received "within the past 24 hours" and that hospital staff "immediately implemented guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the appropriate tests and care for the patient as well as the safety of everyone within our facility. We have procedures and equipment in our facility to safely handle patients with infectious conditions."
The statement continued: "We realize that this situation may be unsettling for employees, their families and others in our community. We are constantly working to ensure the safety of those in our hospital. In the case of this patient, we took and continue to take recommended precautions."
The patient, the statement said, "is showing signs of improvement." The hospital did not say where this person had recently traveled.
While Ebola continues to devastate West African nations including Liberia and Sierra Leone, the outbreak in Nigeria – where the Howard patient had traveled – may actually be coming to an end, with no new cases since Aug. 31, the CDC reported earlier this week. At one point, 894 people in Nigeria were being monitored since they had come into contact with someone sick with Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached the United States, as officials confirm one case in Dallas. Here's how U.S. health officials plan to stop the virus. (Gillian Brockell and Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)

Overall, the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 3,439 people in West Africa and infected thousands more, according to the World Health Organization.
But before an Ebola case was confirmed in Dallas this week, there had not been a single Ebola diagnosis in the United States.
Potential Ebola patients who were evaluated in New York, California, New Mexico and Miami all tested negative for the virus.
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People with Ebola are not contagious until they begin showing symptoms, which include a fever of greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache and vomiting. And you can only get Ebola through contact with a contagious person's bodily fluids.
Several Ebola patients have been transported from West Africa to the United States, including three Americans who were in Liberia — doctors Richard Sacra and Kent Brantly and missionary worker Nancy Writebol — who have already been discharged after they were successfully treated here. A Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, fell ill after traveling to Nigeria and died of the disease.
The NIH in Bethesda recently admitted an American patient who had been exposed to Ebola.
On Thursday night, NBC News announced that a freelance cameraman working for the network in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and will return to the United States for treatment.
In Maryland, all health providers and labs are required to report suspected Ebola cases to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene immediately, said spokesman Christopher Garrett. The state agency works with local health departments to ensure that proper procedures, including isolation, are followed; information has been distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, labs and other providers.
“We have not seen high-risk patients for Ebola as defined by the CDC,” Garrett said.
Officials at several local hospitals said they have been following CDC guidelines. At the University of Virginia Health System, an emerging-infectious-diseases work group was formed earlier this year to respond to MERS; this summer, that group began preparedness planning for the possibility of Ebola infections.
The system has already been tested; the University of Virginia Health System has had one patient who met CDC criteria for Ebola screening, based on travel history, fever and other symptoms.
"We confirmed that concern with public health authorities and went through the formal process of admitting and evaluating that person for Ebola,” said Costi Sifri, director of hospital epidemiology, infection prevention and control. “We ruled out the possibility of Ebola.”

As the overall death toll has risen to more than 3,300, the first U.S. case of the Ebola virus is diagnosed in Texas.
Oct. 3, 2014 Medical staff wearing protective clothes transport a man suffering from Ebola to the isolation ward at the University Clinic in Frankfurt, Germany. The man had been in Serria Leone, where he was working as a doctor. Boris Roessler/AFP via Getty Images

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Thank you, Obama.  Thank you, so much for being either asleep at the wheel, or intentionally "never letting a good crisis go to waste."

Amen  to  that  I  say. 

It's not about hatred, he has proven to be an irressponsible president

Nope.  He failed to quarantine any flight coming in from infected countries.  He could have, he refused.  The Ebola deaths lay at his feet in this country.  Are you upset that I am criticizing his intentional failure because he is half black, or that he is a Liberal?

I agree with you Heisenberg!

What  President  Obama   got  to  do  with  this?   These   are  signs  of  the   last  times   diseases  and  wars  and  rumors  of   wars.  By  the  way,  I  thought  this  was a   Christian  site  SDA.  You  don't   go  a  another  site  and  hear  them  talking  about  God, especially  a  website  that  has  to  do   with  politics.

Simple.  He had the power to keep ebola out the United States, and did NOTHING.  By inaction, he is a murderer.

President  Obama  deserved  my  respect  and I  am  going  to  give him  my  respect  like    I    did  to  President  Bush.  Render  to  Ceaser   wat    belongs  to Ceaser.

And if you or your family member catches ebola are you going to thank him then?  Was Herod a good kind when he slaughtered Israel's sons?  Now, you do owe tax unto Caesar.  However, do you owe your life, your family's life, your neighbor's life, your church member's life unto him?

      I   am  a   young  SDA   Woman   from  Guyana,  South America.   I    was   raised  to respect my   elders / older  ppl    than   my self  and  not  to go  back  and  forth  in  a  conversation  like   one  like    this.  So I  am  done  with  this conversation.  HAPPY  SABBATH,  GOD   IS   GOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, if I knew that there was a group of man eating tigers that were unsecured at a zoo, and I had the ability to stop it, and the tigers got out and ate some of your neighbors and a relative of yours.  Whose fault would that be?  Since, I ran the zoo, I am in a leadership position, so you should not criticize my purposeful inaction?

This is no different, except that instead of a couple people being mauled or killed, this has the potential of killing millions upon millions of people and make the 75 million deaths world wide from AIDS look like a case of the sniffles.

There is nothing wrong of respecting your elders but here in America, our founding fathers has given us the right to protest against the government of the United States of America. Its outlined in the U.S. Constitution. 


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