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article imageVirginia patient does not have Ebola

By Karen Graham     Oct 14, 2014 in Health
Richmond - A woman being evaluated at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Va. has tested negative for the disease say state health officials on Tuesday.
The woman walked into the CrossOver Ministry clinic, at 108 Cowardin Ave. on Richmond's south-side on Monday for a completely unrelated condition. But because the free clinic sees many immigrants through their doors, protocols were already in place for evaluating patients.
Clinic health care workers asked the right questions on her travels, and discovered she was visiting from Liberia and had a low-grade fever. They immediately isolated her and called the state health department, and the Richmond city health department.
The state epidemiologist contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it was decided she did not meet all the clinical criteria for Ebola infection. CDC officials did consider it reasonable to recommend further testing because of the travel history and fever.
The patient was driven to VCU Medical Center's emergency department using the clinic doctor's private can where she was admitted to the hospital. Her clinical workup included an Ebola test approved by the CDC.
Richmond City Health District Director, Dr. Donald Stern confirmed on Tuesday the patient had tested negative for the Ebola virus, but the hospital was awaiting confirmation from the CDC.
The CDC's criteria for testing for Ebola includes a patient having a fever of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above; has traveled within an Ebola-infected region of the world within the last 21 days; and exhibits symptoms that could include headache, weakness, muscle plain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or hemorrhage.
There have been similar Ebola scares across the nation over the last several days. Over the weekend, a nurse who had helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas hospital was admitted with Ebola symptoms.
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