Patient Being Tested for Ebola at Philadelphia Hospital

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 7, 2019

An unidentified patient was being tested on Wednesday at a Philadelphia hospital for possibly having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, a hospital official said. The patient was cleared of the virus later on February 6, according to an update from NBC News.

"In an abundance of caution, a patient who met screening criteria for Ebola testing is now being evaluated at HUP while tests to assess the patient's condition are completed", Penn Medicine's chief medical officer Dr. Patrick J. Brennan said.

Preliminary testing indicated the patient has another condition, he noted.

"Proper protocols and precautions - including isolation of the patient in a section of the hospital where they have no contact with other patients or members of the public - will remain in place until definitive testing is completed".

They did not release the patient's name.

The latest WHO External Situation Report provides up-to-date details on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a total of 785 cases reported from 18 health zones in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri as of 3 February 2019.

The tests have not yet shown Ebola, he said.

It is not yet known if the patient had traveled to a location in which the disease is present or otherwise. So far, at least 788 people in the country have been sickened by the disease, and 486 have died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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