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Friday, August 22, 2014

NorCal Man Who Traveled to Africa Tests Negative for Ebola

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

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Wonderful news: The Sacramento patient who has been in isolation for the last week has officially tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus. 

NBC News has the story this morning, confirming that blood samples from the unidentified patient were analyzed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Authorities say the patient had recently traveled to West Africa where an Ebola virus outbreak has killed thousands of people since March. 

To date there have been no confirmed cases in California. 

Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health Director and state health officer released the following statement:

We are pleased with the negative outcome of the Ebola test and wish the patient a speedy recovery. The case in Sacramento County demonstrates that the system is working. This patient was quickly identified, appropriate infection control procedures were implemented, and public health authorities were notified.
To date, the deadly virus has killed more than 1,200 people in West Africa, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. On Aug. 8, the World Health Organization officially declared it a health emergency of international concern.

According to the CDC, the virus is spread through direct contact (i.e broken skin or mucous membranes) with the body fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, and other secretions) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus. It could also spread through infected animals.

Symptoms include: fever and additional symptoms like severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus, although eight to 10 days is most common.

[via NBC News]
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