University Of Pennsylvania Hospital Testing Patient For Ebola

University Of Pennsylvania Hospital Testing Patient For Ebola

Pennsylvania's health department says Ebola has been ruled out as the cause of a patient's illness at a Philadelphia hospital.

A patient is being tested for a possible Ebola virus at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, officials with the medical facility said Wednesday.

According to Penn Medicine, "a patient who met screening criteria for Ebola testing is now being evaluated at HUP while tests to assess the patient's condition are completed". They say it's unknown if the patient had traveled to a location that has the disease or came in contact with someone who does. In an abundance of caution, a patient who met screening criteria for Ebola testing is now being evaluated at HUP while tests to assess the patient's condition are completed.

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Penn says they are following proper protocols and precautions to keep staffers and patients safe.

An outbreak of Ebola has been ongoing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since August 2018.

As of Monday, there have been 734 confirmed total cases of Ebola in DRC and 486 deaths, according to statistics with the World Health Organization.

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