California Patient Isolated, Being Tested for Ebola ‘As a Precaution’

A California patient has been isolated and is being tested for the Ebola virus, officials told a local news outlet Tuesday evening.

According to KCRA-TV, Kaiser Permanente is collaborating with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health to determine whether or not a patient who may have been exposed to the deadly virus is infected with it.

In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph of a Ebola virus virion is seen. As the Ebola virus continues to spread across parts of Africa, a second doctor infected with the disease has arrived in the U.S. for treatment. (Handout/Getty Images)

“In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease,” Dr. Stephen Paroli, an infectious disease specialist, said in a news release. “This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists.”

[sharequote align=”center”]”[W]e are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution…” [/sharequote]

The outcome of the tests are expected within a few days.

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