Honolulu Hospital Investigates Patient Who May Have Ebola Virus

| by Lisa Fogarty

A man has been placed in isolation in a Honolulu hospital as the Hawaii Department of Health and doctors try to determine if he is carrying the Ebola virus. If he tests positive, he would be the second person to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in the U.S. in recent days – which has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa.

The man, whose name has not been released, is being treated at The Queen’s Medical Center, reports KHON, and could reportedly have a number of other illnesses including Ebola, flu, malaria and typhoid.

“We are early in the investigation of a patient – very, very early – who we’re investigating that might have Ebola,” said Dr. Melissa Viray, deputy state epidemiologist. “It’s very possible that they do and they have Ebola. I think it’s also likely that they have another condition that presents with similar symptoms.”

The hospital is not releasing details about whether the patient has recently traveled to West Africa, reports the New York Daily News. Viray says the public does not have reason to be concerned. For now, doctors and nurses who are treating the patient are reportedly wearing protective gear when they enter his room, and any employee of the hospital who is pregnant or feels uncomfortable dealing with the patient is not being forced to do so.

This news comes as the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, receives treatment for the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan arrived home from Liberia on Sept. 20 and it was discovered he was in close contact with five children since his arrival. All of the children have since been reportedly quarantined.

Sources: KHON, New York Daily News

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