In a press conference Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the patient in isolation in Hawai’i for possible symptoms of Ebola does not have the virus.
The patient was confirmed late Wednesday as being admitted to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. The patient was put in a regular room at the hospital and those who entered the room were told to wear protective gear.
“[The CDC] determined neither the symptoms nor the travel history was suggestive of Ebola, therefore no further follow-up is needed in that situation,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC said.
On Wednesday, before the patient was cleared of Ebola, Dr. Melissa Viray, of the Hawaii Department of Health, told KHON-2.com that the patient could have a number of conditions, including flu, malaria and typhoid.
It was not immediately clear why the patient had been isolated, though the Hawaii Department of Health said that it was in the preliminary stages of investigating the patient’s travel history. Viray specifically mentioned that officials were asking hospitals to take precautions with anyone who complained of a fever and had recently traveled to West Africa, where Ebola has killed more than 3,000 people.
“The hospital acted in the best interests of the community, with an abundance of caution,” said Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Linda Rosen. “We commend the facility for being prepared and remaining vigilant regarding the risk of Ebola. After investigation by the health department, it was determined that the individual did not meet the clinical or travel exposure criteria for an Ebola infection.”
The determination to test a patient for Ebola is a joint decision made by the patient’s health care provider, the state Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, officials said.
(AP, KHON-2 and Fox News contributed to this report)