Possible Ebola Outbreak In Hawaii
October 2, 2014 6:23am PST
An unidentified person in Hawaii is in isolation after showing symptoms of the Ebola virus. However, doctors have not tested the patient for the virus yet and they refuse to reveal if the person has recently travelled to Africa.
The doctors have also refused to identify the person’s name or gender.
“We are early in the investigation of a patient – very, very, early, who we’re investigating that might have Ebola” said Dr. Melissa Viray, deputy state epidemiologist. “It’s very possible that they have Ebola, I think it’s also more likely that they have another condition that presents similar symptoms.”
The Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control have become involved in this case and are working together to monitor the situation. If the patient has a fever and has travelled to West Africa in the last 21 days, it is very likely that they indeed do have the virus.
A patient with Ebola does not become contagious until after he is already showing symptoms, so they must be put in quarantine immediately. This particular patient is being kept in a normal room, but doctors are making anyone who enters the room wear protective gear.
“We’ve asked the hospitals to tell us about is anyone with a travel history and anyone with a fever, 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,” said Dr. Viray.
“They’re monitoring who goes in and out of that room and making sure that everybody as safe as possible, while the patient is being evaluated for Ebola and what other conditions that patient might have,” she added.
If this patient does indeed have Ebola, it would mean that the virus has spread to yet another part of the country. Yesterday, it was revealed that the virus has already begun to spread around Texas.
What do you think this latest outbreak could mean for our country? Let us know in the comments below!
H/T: The Daily Mail
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