Sacramento Patient’s Ebola Test Comes Back Negative
A patient in Sacramento who was recently tested for Ebola has come back negative for the deadly virus, health officials announced Thursday. The individual, who had recently traveled to West Africa, was being held in an isolation unit at Kaiser Medical Center pending results, and has since been released.
“The case in Sacramento demonstrates that the system is working,” said Dr. Ron Chapman of the California Department of Public Health. “The patient,” Chapman added, “was quickly identified, appropriate infection control procedures were implemented, and public health authorities were notified.”
The Sacramento County Department of Public Health and Human Services was alerted to the possible exposure early last week and began working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday’s announcement came just hours after the release of two infected U.S. aid workers who had recently traveled back to the United States from Liberia. After three weeks of treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were given a clean bill of health and were finally allowed to go home to their families.
Another suspected Ebola case out of New Mexico has also turned out to be a false alarm.
Read more about Thursday’s announcement here.