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Alert: Dept. of Health confirms deadly Ebola virus may now be in Honolulu

BY SHEPARD AMBELLAS | INTELLIHUB.COM

HAS EBOLA HIT HAWAII?

HONOLULU — Queen’s Medical Center is currently treating a patient who may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The patient checked in Wednesday morning after experiencing symptoms.

While the patient may be infected with any common illness and confirmation is unknown at this time, the patient did travel recently from West Africa.

The patient has been involuntarily quarantined as health officials and doctors continue to run more test. However, the room the patient is confined to is not an Ebola rated quarantine zone as the facility lacks such an area. Although, smocks and masks are required to be worn in the area.

KHON 2 reported:

A message sent to all employees Wednesday said that the hospital is “evaluating a patient for possible symptoms that may be consistent with Ebola.”

The union that represents the nurses was tipped off about the message Wednesday afternoon.

Joan Craft, president of the Hawaii Nurses Association, immediately contacted the hospital for assurance that safety procedures are in place to protect her members.

UPDATE THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014, 6:36 AM HST

According to Hawaii News Now:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday a patient isolated in a Honolulu hospital does not appear to have symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus, Hawaii News Now has learned.

Speaking to NBC News, C.D.C. officials said the patient, who has not been identified, was not tested for Ebola because his symptoms did not match those typically associated with the virus.

The determination to test a patient for Ebola is a joint decision made by the patient’s healthcare provider, the state Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, officials said.

Other Sources:

Patient isolated in Honolulu hospital as officials say Ebola case possible — Hawaii News Now

Hawaii patient in isolation over Ebola concerns — CBS News