POSSIBLE EBOLA PATIENT at Duke University Hospital …Update: Tests Negative
A possible Ebola patient was admitted to Duke University Hospital.
The patient left Liberia and arrived in Newark on October 31.
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The North Carolina DHHS says the individual arrived in Person County, N.C. on Saturday and developed a fever on Sunday.
A blood sample from the patient will be sent to the State Laboratory of Public Health, in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, for preliminary testing. The preliminary results of the patient’s first Ebola test are expected to be completed early Monday morning. Based on the preliminary results, the specimen will be forwarded to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.
The patient took a bus from Newark to Durham County North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is monitoring a patient at Duke University Hospital who traveled from Liberia and has developed a fever.
Officials said the patient departed Liberia and arrived Friday at Newark (NJ) Liberty International Airport, which is one of five airports in the nation screening travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for fever and other signs of illness linked to the Ebola virus.
The patient had no symptoms upon arrival and had no known exposure to Ebola while in Liberia, officials said.
The patient, whose age and gender were not released, took a bus from New Jersey to Durham County, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies. The person arrived in Person County on Saturday and developed a fever Sunday.
UPDATE: The Ebola tests came back negative.