|[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.
Notes: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."
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-specimen-collection-submission-patients-suspected-infection-ebola.html Sources: Patients MD-1 and DC-1: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/219693-reports-howard-university-treating-possible-ebola-patient http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/10/03/d-c-hospital-evaluating-patient-who-has-ebola-like-symptoms/ http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-howard-university-ebola-20141003,0,2472058.story http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/10/possible-ebola-patient-in-isolation-at-d-c-s-howard-university-hospital-107754.html http://www.wbaltv.com/health/possible-ebola-case-present-in-maryland/28393780 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Patient-With-Ebola-Like-Symptoms-Being-Treated-at-Howard-University-Hospital-278025181.html http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/rockville/2014/10/03/shady-grove-patient/16656121/ Patients VA-1 and VA-2: http://wtvr.com/2014/10/03/two-virginia-patients-tested-for-ebola/ http://www.nbc12.com/story/26700701/2-va-patients-tested-for-ebola-tests-likely-negative http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Patient-With-Ebola-Like-Symptoms-Being-Treated-at-Howard-University-Hospital-278025181.html
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