Two Patients Quarantined in Kentucky With Ebola-Like Symptoms

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Two patients were quarantined in Kentucky recently with Ebola-like symptoms. Neither Kentucky patient had the virus, but the cases show that the system of detection, isolation and investigation in place in Kentucky worked as it should.
Lex18 reported:

Two patients in Kentucky with Ebola-like symptoms have been quarantined for examination.

After the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the US, doctors say they don’t want to take any risks even though the two patients in Kentucky tested negative for the infection.

“The business of detecting it and finding out what it is, we’re in good shape. If we get cases we need to be working more closely with the hospitals to see how we will manage individual cases,” said Dr. Rice Leach, commissioner of health at the Fayette County Health Department. ” But where did you get it, what is it, and who did you give it to? So far we’re in great shape because we’ve practiced this thing three times going back as far as Anthrax, H1N1 and vaccine shortage 10 years ago.”

Doctors will be taking every precaution necessary when it comes to patients who suffer Ebola-like symptoms.

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