Woman monitored for contagious disease is not being tested for Ebola

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) –Jose Rodriguez, director of communications at Columbus Public Health, said a woman admitted to Grant Medical Center on Monday is not being tested for the Ebola virus.

The 37-year-old was admitted after complaining of a fever. Columbus Fire treated her condition as possibly contagious, since she had just returned from Sierra Leone. The ambulance she rode in was decontaminated outside of Grant.

She was given a “tentative alternative diagnosis,” Rodriguez said.

She will stay overnight at Grant and continue to be monitored by doctors. Her condition will continue to be assessed tomorrow..

The patient’s brother told NBC4 she was visiting family in Sierra Leone and complained of a fever after returning home from the three-week trip.

“She just got back like three days ago,” he said. “She called me today, said she’s not feeling good, said she’s got a high fever and wants me to come and get her and get her to the hospital.”

Instead, the brother called Columbus Public Health. An EMS team arrived, dressed in haz-mat gear.

He said he spoke with his sister around 6:30 p.m.

“She’s doing very good,” he said, adding that he is grateful for the care and treatment his sister received.

“They did everything right. They respected the family.”

No one at her home complained of any symptoms.

Liberia has been removed from the list of countries from which travelers are being monitored. Public health continues to monitor all travelers coming to Columbus from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Tuesday, CPH was monitoring 36 people, one was admitted.

Per the World Health Organization,Sierra Leone discharged its last known ebola patient from the hospital Monday, August 24

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