Possible Ebola Case In Birmingham, Al
Ok, if you haven't gotten the scoop, there was a patient admitted to UAB Hospital, located in Birmingham, Alabama Tuesday night. Sources say the patient suffered from possible Ebola-like symptoms and is currently in isolation, at no risk to anyone in the hospital.
A Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service crew was dispatched to the 1600 block of 17th Street Southwest home earlier Tuesday for a general illness and determined the patient had traveled to West Africa. The patient was then taken to the hospital and, after developing a fever, showed symptoms of other serious illnesses like malaria. The patient's residence was "quarantined" and later reduced to "isolation by responding authorities until further testing could be done.
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Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson said the patient responded appropriately and is hopeful for more answers on Wednesday. Battalion Chief Buddy Wilks said four firefighters also came in contact and were quarantined and decontaminated. Unfortunately, they will be under "isolation" as well until further testing has been done.
There were also two family members in the residence that has been placed under "isolation" in the home as well until further testing. Even the neighbors near the home have been told to stay inside as Birmingham police are on the scene to protect the family and keep them inside.
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