Woman visitor being monitored for Ebola hospitalized
A female visitor from Africa who was being monitored for Ebola in Multnomah County was hospitalized Friday morning.
During a Friday afternoon press conference, Oregon health officials did not identify the woman, but said she had been transported to the Providence Milwaukie hospital after developing a temperature. Medical personnel evaluated her in full protective suits before deciding she needed to be hospitalized.
Health officials said they had not confirmed the woman had Ebola because the test takes time, but said she had an acute illness of some kind.
According to the officials, the woman arrived in Portland recently from either Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. She had been under monitoring protocol since arriving in Portland and her temperature had consistently been fine, until Friday morning, officials said.
Other people in the womans home have voluntarily agree to home quarantine for the time being, officials said.
The officials said they were following Centers for Disease Control guideline for Ebola with the patient.
Earlier this week, health officials revealed that one person, who was not identified, was being monitored. The news was released during a press conference, where the officials assured the public that the regional health care system is prepared to cope with Ebola patients.
A previous person had been monitored and declared not infected with Ebola patient.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber issued the following statement after the press conference:
"State and local public health officials are monitoring the situation and keeping me informed. Local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, and first responders have been working together to ensure the state is prepared, and earlier this week, health officials and I outlined protocols for just this type of situation. The protocols are intended to both protect the health and safety of Oregonians and get people the care they need. I appreciate the commitment from the health care community to get this individual appropriate care, and we will keep Oregonians informed as we know more."
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