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More Ebola in US? Hawaiian patient in isolation to undergo testing

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A patient in a Honolulu hospital is in isolation with symptoms that could be linked to Ebola, an epidemiologist said.

The Department of Health and the Hawaii Nurses Association are both on the case, according to local CBS affiliate KHON2.

“We are early in the investigation of a patient — very, very early — who we’re investigating that [they]might have Ebola,” Dr. Melissa Viray, deputy state epidemiologist, told KHON2. “It’s very possible that they do and they have Ebola. I think it’s also more likely that they have another condition that presents with similar symptoms.”

When asked why the patient was being isolated, Viray would not confirm the patient’s symptoms, but said the cause could be a number of illnesses, including typhoid, flu, malaria and Ebola.

“What we’ve asked the hospitals to tell us about is anyone with a travel history, and anyone with a fever,” she said. “And when those things come together, we’ve asked them to be very careful and in an abundance of caution while you’re working, for whatever else might be going on, also make sure you isolate against Ebola, just in case.”

The patient is in a regular room, but everyone going in and out is monitored and required to wear protective gear.

Watch the report here via KHON2:



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