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[stem-ebola] Four Patients Admitted Friday in MD/VA/DC w/ flu-like illness & travel to W Africa

Patient DC-1:

Patient "DC-1" admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC on Friday Oct 3rd -- Recent travel history to Nigeria. Possible EVD-like symptoms. Ebola test results pending / not yet performed; Howard University president Wayne Frederick states on Friday patient is "low-risk". Patient admitted overnight & in isolation; possibly in quarantine; stable condition.

"Howard officials would not say Friday if [an Ebola] blood test will be conducted on the patient."

Patient MD-1:

Patient "MD-1" admitted to Shady Grove Adventist in Rockville, MD on Friday Oct 3rd -- Recent travel history to West Africa. Flu-like symptoms. Positive test result for Malaria. Ebola testing status unknown -- reports are conflicting. (Some state Ebola testing not performed; Other suggest Ebola test results are negative). "Our medical team has determined that the patient has malaria and does not have Ebola". (Shady Grove Adventist Hospital -- Friday Evening). Patient admitted overnight & in isolation; "showing signs of improvement over past 24 hours". Malaria probable.

"No Ebola blood tests have been performed in Maryland, Dr. David Blythe, state epidemiologist, said Thursday."

Patient VA-1 and VA-2:

Two additional patients ("VA-1" & "VA-2") admitted in unknown location in Virginia; Patient VA-1 from Northwest Virginia; Patient VA-2 from Eastern Virginia. Both met CDC Ebola criteria (Recent travel history to W Africa & Flu-like illness). According to CBS6 WTVR, relaying statement from Virginia DOH, "All tests 'to date' have been negative". Unclear whether the two VA patients actually lab-tested for Ebola yet (via ELISA / RT-PCR). Conflicting reports on test results; "Preliminary results negative" (Friday evening, per VA DOH -- testing methodology unknown). Both VA-1 and VA-2 admitted & in isolation as of Friday 11PM EST, but not under quarantine. Conditions unknown. Pending further information.


CDC, DC Dept of Health, and MD DHMH have been notified regarding patients DC-1 and MD-1. CDC and VA DOH notified regarding patients VA-1 and VA-2.

Per CDC: "Ebola virus is detected in blood only after the onset of symptoms, usually fever. [Ebola Virus] may take up to 3 days after symptoms appear for the virus to reach detectable levels. Virus is generally detectable by real-time RT-PCR from 3-10 days after symptoms appear."


Patients MD-1 and DC-1:,0,2472058.story

Patients VA-1 and VA-2:

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