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.
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.”
So, from your perspective, there are no evil people in the world? And to define their actions as evil is not logical? Therefore, the devil is also good?
Restaurant in the USA owners must follow health laws to keep people safe.
Factory and manufactures must put barriers in place so workers do not get hurt by machines.
Health care workers wear gloves and mask so infection is not spread.
Walmart sells hand sanitizer so that people do not spread germs.
Government health departments do inspections across the world for the good of public safety.
We have untrained (non health care workers) airline personnel letting people onto aircrafts from infected nations to travel to uninfected nations.
OK. Obama has a pen and paper, He is POTUS, commander-in-chief. Executive order - stop travel for the sake of the innocent, right? And send aid to the infected nations.
Not going to happen because this threatens the open border policy that is allowing new democrat voters into the nation. Already we have TB (Tuberculosis) the kind that is not stopped with antibiotics in this nation where we did not have it before. Deadly diseases do not care about politics or skin color or political parties. The Bible talks about using quarantine to stop the spread of disease but I guess that makes too much sense.
The leader of the free world does nothing to stop a deadly virus from getting on airplanes and infecting people and I am told to ingnore it. Funny. Don't look nothing happening here. Obama is in charge, just go about your church business. LOL.
"GOD IS IN CHARGE, virus or not, the Kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, you blaming someone cannot change anything-"
You got one thing right, he acts like a king and not an elected servant.
Why do you make excuses for a bad leader? Was David a good king punished for doing a census and put the people under a burden? Maybe you should study the Bible and be a Christian first and not a socialist or democrat or what ever it is. Politics is a dead end.
God put leaders/kings in place to enforce law and order and that is what this problem is, a law and order issue. The dear leader will not enforce the law in order that more potential Democrat voters can come here and ensure that democrats stay in power. I guess that is good because republicans are the anti-christ right? LOL That last statement was sarcasm in order to make a point.
Thank you Jason m. for the advice.
I don't vote. Maybe Liberals should stop trying to impress the world with their politics and read EGW instead. Many of the problems in the church are due to the mixing of worldly ideas with beliefs such as WO/feminism, and gay political causes for example.
"I know what you judged me as and said is nothing of any sort- and you are what you answer to, I make it my duty to stay from politics because of things like these where people use forums such as these to reveal their true self"
I didn't judge you. I don't know you, you are the one who said and I quote: "why do you speak as if you have no God" .
I gave my reason from the Bible. We have eyes and we can see when someone is doing wrong. When our lives are impacted by our leaders there is no reason to pretend everything is good, when it is not. Praying is good, discussion is good. There is no reason to act the way you are because I have said nothing against you as a person, but if I have offended you I am sorry even though it is you who is saying things about me. I hate politics and there is a hypocrisy with those who are liberal and that is politics is good when it is liberal and bad when it is not. I say it is mostly bad no matter if it is Pres. Bush or Obama. Washington is still the mirror image of the beast when it is a liberal president or a conservative.
Yes, by standing by your man, as Tammy Wynete sang, while Rome burns solves nothing. Speaking against evil is at least something.
LOL, Yeah he is cool looking at least, for a liberal anyways.
Well, Ave Maria, or "Hail Mary" from the Latin translation, we are frustrated that human bio weapons are being hurled at our country and our commander-in-chief has the immediate authority to halt it but refuses to do so. Further, he puts in place a political hack that believes in global depopulation as the Ebola Czar, and then seeks injunctions against Governors who attempt to create mandatory quarantines to safeguard the population demands criticism. Lives are at stake. This isn't about politics. This is about leaders who are supposed to be safeguarding their constituents, who instead actively seeking their demise.
You would think that leaders would not want to eliminate their populous. But, when it is being done deliberately, not to speak out against such evil, is in itself being tacitly complicit with the process.
Therefore, not to condemn evil, is to allow evil to grow.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me,"
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Will you be quiet about Sunday law? I will not, by God's grace. Will the president care about my opposition to Sunday law. Nope, but God will be watching.
Martin Luther was a nobody priest and he stood before the King of the Holy Roman Empire. I would rather be a nobody in God's kingdom than a somebody in the world's kingdom.
Ray, I suspect, with a moniker of "Hail Mary" from the song, "Ave Maria" a song of worship to Mary as the Queen of Heaven, that the Sunday law would not be eschewed, but probably welcome. So, I think that element of the argument is more than like moot to the individual to which you are referring to.