Boston patient deemed unlikely to have Ebola



By Jeremy C. Fox and M.G. Lee

BRAINTREE — A man who recently visited Liberia is being assessed in a Boston hospital for a possible infection by the deadly Ebola virus, but physicians think he is at “extremely low” risk, health officials said Sunday.

“This patient does not appear to meet CDC criteria to be considered someone at high risk for Ebola and the likelihood. . . is extremely low,” said Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center officials in a statement. “The patient will remain in isolation as we continue to evaluate and monitor the patient’s condition.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement that while the city takes any public health threat seriously, “we must educate ourselves about Ebola precautions and do what we can to quell unnecessary public panic.”

The man, whom officials have not identified, was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center late Sunday afternoon after he complained of headache and muscle aches at a Braintree medical practice. Officials mustered a hazardous materials team and prevented people from entering and leaving the facility for several hours.

The patient has been placed in a section of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center within a protective barrier, isolated from the rest of the facility, said Dr. Kenneth Sands, senior vice president of the department of health care and quality at Beth Israel Deaconess.


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