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Freehold patient who triggered Ebola fear discharged from hospital; case was false alarm

Local News | Aug 07, 2014

Freehold patient who triggered Ebola fear discharged from hospital; case was false alarm

FREEHOLD, N.J.  (nj.com) — The patient kept in isolation at a Freehold hospital on the chance his or her symptoms were the result of the Ebola virus has improved enough to be discharged, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The move was made in consultation with experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The unidentified patient was brought to CentraState Medical Center by ambulance on Monday, complaining of flu-like symptoms. Because the patient had recently traveled to an unspecified country in West Africa, the person was placed in an isolation room.

“Upon arrival, the patient was escorted through a separate entrance and was immediately seen by a physician and tests were completed as part of the evaluation to determine the cause of the patient’s condition,” said Abbey M. Luterick, spokeswoman for CentraState.

After further investigation by New Jersey’s Department of Health, along with the CDC, it was determined the patient had no known exposure to Ebola, Leusner said.

 

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