Patient monitored at Connecticut hospital for possible Ebola infection

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (PIX11) — A patient has been placed in isolation at a Connecticut hospital because of a possible Ebola infection, and test results could be in within 24 hours, PIX11 sister station reports.

The patient was admitted to John Dempsey Hospital Tuesday night suffering from a fever and muscle aches, UConn Health Center officials said. Health workers decided to implement Ebola protocols because of the patient’s travel history and symptoms. The patient had returned from Liberia on April 30, before the nation was declared free of Ebola. The patient is said to be in good condition.

Dr. Paul Skolnik, Chair of Medicine at UConn Health, said at a news conference that the likelihood was low that the patient had the illness because the individual had not come into contact with anybody who had the disease.

“Although other diagnoses were more likely, the possibility of Ebola virus infection could not be completely ruled out because of the symptoms and because of his arrival from Liberia on April 30,” said UConn spokesman Tom Breen, according to the Hartford Courant.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. 

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