|Patient with Ebola-like symptoms being treated at UConn Health Center|
May 13, 2015 – CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES – A patient admitted to John Dempsey Hospital at the UConn Health Center in Farmington with a fever on Tuesday night is in isolation to be monitored for the possibility that he was infected with Ebola Virus.
Officials from UConn said other diagnoses are more likely, but the possibility of Ebola virus infection could not be completely ruled out because of the symptoms and because of the fact he was in Liberia from November 2014 until April 30, 2015.
“The patient is at very low risk for Ebola Virus and in fact he probably has another illness or infection, but out of an abundance of caution, we activated our Ebola virus disease protocol, aul Skolnik, chair of medicine at UConn Health said during a news conference on Wednesday.
The man was in Libera to help with Ebola efforts, did not have direct contact with patients, Skolnik said. Instead, he was working in an administrative role.
This comes just days after Libera was declared Ebola-free.
The patient has experienced symptoms for a couple days and arrived at the hospital at 7:17 p.m. on Tuesday with fever and muscle aches, general symptoms of many illnesses, according to Skolnick.
“He was present at some Ebola virus treatment centers, but did not have direct patient contact. He infact had an administrative role, which is one of the reasons he’s at very low risk for this disease,” Skolnik said.
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UConn Health has activated the Ebola virus protocol to care for the patient, the public and the staff, they said in a statement, and the patient is in isolation and is in good condition.
The hospital is working closely with the state Department of Public Health to ensure the appropriate testing is done.
The test results should be available in 24 hours, Skolnik said.
No additional information has been released on the patient.
The state of Connecticut has created a Web site with more information about Ebola in the United States. For more information, click here.