Shady Grove Hospital Patient Has “Malaria” Not Ebola
UPDATED Following further tests, monitoring and consultations with infectious disease experts, the Shady Grove Hospital medical team determined that the patient in its care has malaria and not Ebola. “We appreciate the excellent work of our clinical team including physicians, nurses and staff, in handling the care of this patient. We also appreciate the partnership of county, state and federal agencies on this case,” said Shady Grove Hospital in a Oct. 3 statement.
Shady Grove Hospital issued a statement today, that it has admitted a patient with “flu-like symptoms and a travel history that matches criteria for possible Ebola.”
According to the statement, lab results indicate the patient “has another illness and we do not have a confirmed diagnosis of Ebola.”
The statement goes on to say that the hospital is “prepared to care for patients with Ebola symptoms.”
When asked for a comment about the hospital’s statement, Mary Anderson, a spokesperson for Montgomery County’s Health and Human Services, said Montgomery County is an international community.
“I know there will be people going to the ER and not feeling well and I am sure hospitals are on high alert. But we are not sending press releases and making a big announcement for every person going to the hospital who thinks they have Ebola,” said Anderson. “We have no confirmed cases.”
You can read the hospital’s statement in its entirety below:
“Within the past 24 hours, we received a patient at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital that presented with flu-like symptoms and a travel history that matches criteria for possible Ebola. Our care team immediately implemented guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the appropriate tests and care for the patient as well as the safety of everyone within our facility. We have procedures and equipment in our facility to safely handle patients with infectious conditions. Per these guidelines the patient remains in isolation and is showing signs of improvement. At this time, lab results indicate that this patient has another illness and we do not have a confirmed diagnosis of Ebola.
“We are working closely with the Montgomery County Health Department and State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) as well as the CDC to manage this case and to ensure we continue to be prepared to care for patients with Ebola symptoms.
“We realize that this situation may be unsettling for employees, their families and others in our community. We are constantly working to ensure the safety of those in our hospital. In the case of this patient, we took and continue to take recommended precautions.
“Patient privacy laws prevent us from sharing any additional information. We will not be granting interviews on this situation at this time. We will share additional information as it is available and relevant.”
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