An unidentified New Jersey resident was taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, New Jersey.
The patient’s following isolation prompted a new media scare that the killer Ebola virus had arrived in the United States.
Here is what you need to know:
1. The Person Came Down With Flu Like Symptoms
On Tuesday a person arrived to CentraState Medical Center by ambulance after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms. The patient was quickly placed in isolation and has been there receiving treatment.
2. The Patient Recently Returned From West Africa
NJ.com reports that the patient had recently returned to the United States from West Africa, though the exact location is not specified.
Ebola infections are sweeping across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
3. There Was no Known Contact With Ebola
Like other Ebola scares in the United States, there was no definitive proof that the patient in New Jersey had come into contact with anyone infected by Ebola.
Ebola is spread through exposure to infected bodily fluids and is therefore fairly hard to contract.
4. New York City Had a Similar Scare
One patient who had recently returned to New York City from West Africa is still in isolation in Manhattan’s Mount Sinai hospital after being admitted for a fever and gastrointestinal issues. Although medical authorities have said it is “unlikely” that he patient has Ebola, blood samples have been sent to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta for verification.
The New York Times reports that last week, two more patients visited New York City emergency rooms fearing they had contracted the deadly disease. One patient went into the emergency room at Manhattan’s NYU Langone Medical Center with a high fever, reporting he had recently visited West Africa. The man was reportedly dismissed when doctors discovered he had not visited any affected countries.
Earlier last week, the Times reports, another patient at Bellevue Hospital Center was briefly put into isolation, sparking Ebola fear.
5. The Ebola Death Toll Just Surpassed 900
The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that the death toll for the 2014 Ebola outbreak has reached 932 deaths, with all of those deaths occurring in West Africa.
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