A day after a patient in New York City was tested for the Ebola virus, an Ohio woman was also evaluated for the disease, which is raging in several countries in West Africa
WBNS-TV reported that results came back negative for the woman was tested in Columbus.
At this point, the 46-year-old woman, who recently traveled to a country impacted by the Ebola outbreak, is said to be doing well, according to WCMH-TV.
At the same time, the second American infected with Ebola in Liberia was brought to the United States Tuesday and will be treated in isolation at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. The first patient, who was a member of the same missionary, was brought back over the weekend.
Dr. Sanja Gupta, speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, said Monday that it wasn’t just one patient in New York City tested for Ebola but six patients.
“Those particular patients, their stories were not made public,” Gupta said. “… I’m not sure if that’s because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly.”
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The Centers for Disease Control released an advisory for when to evaluate patients for possible Ebola infection.
“Health care providers should be alert for and evaluate suspected patients for Ebola virus infection who have both consistent symptoms and risk factors as follows: 1) Clinical criteria, which includes fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage; AND 2) Epidemiologic risk factors within the past 3 weeks before the onset of symptoms, such as contact with blood or other body fluids of a patient known to have or suspected to have EVD; residence in—or travel to—an area where EVD transmission is active; or direct handling of bats, rodents, or primates from disease-endemic areas,” the advisory stated. “Malaria diagnostics should also be a part of initial testing because it is a common cause of febrile illness in persons with a travel history to the affected countries.”