Ebola panic continued to spread Monday night as an anonymous patient in Baltimore was quarantined for Ebola-like symptoms.
The patient was transferred to University of Maryland Medical Center at 6 pm on Monday night. No other information about the person was released, aside from the fact that they had just arrived back in the country from traveling abroad.
The hospital sent out this statement about the case:
“As the University of Maryland Medical System has confirmed, there is a patient under evaluation for a possible Ebola infection. The system is working as intended: The individual identified a symptom of concern and called for assistance, DHMH arranged for safe transport, and the patient is being evaluated in an isolation room at the hospital. The initial evaluation is suggestive of a diagnosis other than Ebola infection. As part of the ongoing evaluation of this patient, our public health laboratory is performing an Ebola test. We expect to have an update by tomorrow morning.
Now that the state will be actively monitoring all travelers from affected countries in West Africa, and it is also flu season, it is certain that additional individuals will need evaluation over the coming months.”
The news threw the city of Baltimore into a panic as residents worried that Ebola had spread to their city. However, reports coming in this morning suggest that the patient tested negative for Ebola.
“The Ebola test performed last night was negative. The patient continues to receive appropriate treatment,” read a brief statement from the medical center.
Despite this new development, the patient will remain under observation until doctors have ruled out any possibility that he or she has Ebola.
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