UPDATED: Oct. 4, 2014 12:56 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW) — A hospital in D.C. says a person with possible Ebola symptoms has been ruled out to have the deadly virus.
The D.C. Department of Health announced that they, and the CDC, have ruled out Ebola for the patient at Howard University Hospital.
“Ebola has very clear symptoms that inevitably worsen over time, inclusive of fever, bleeding from the eyes and a growing rash that consumes over 75 percent of the human body,” the D.C. Department of Health said in a statement Saturday.
“Based on the clinical presentation of the patient, the medical team was able to rule out Ebola, the patient will be treated for other illnesses. The District of Columbia has one of the best disease surveillance and epidemiologist teams in the country, I am confident in our ability to keep District residents safe,” Dr. Joxel Garcia of the D.C. Department of Health said in a statement.
However, out of an “abundance of caution,” Dr. John Davies-Cole, a District of Columbia State Epidemiologist, says they will continue to work with Howard University to monitor the patient’s progress.
Howard University Hospital also released a statement on Saturday.
“In keeping with infection control protocols and in an abundance of caution, our medical team remains in ever vigilant and takes proactive steps to quickly identify, isolate and screen any individual who presents with signs or symptoms of communicable diseases,” the hospital said in a statement.
On Friday, the patient, who traveled to the U.S. from Nigeria, was admitted at Howard University Hospital in Washington. The hospital said the with possible Ebola symptoms was admitted out of “an abundance of caution.”
“We can confirm that a patient has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola,” university spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement Friday.
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient. Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.
“For privacy reasons, we cannot share additional details about the case. We will continue to provide key updates as the situation warrants.”
Dr. Joxel Garcia, director of the D.C. Department of Health, says “there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the District of Columbia” at this time.
Garcia says the department is “working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Howard University Hospital to monitor any patients displaying symptoms associated with the Ebola virus.”
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