The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore has isolated a patient for Ebola testing, officials said Monday evening.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a statement:
“As the University of Maryland Medical System has confirmed, there is a patient under evaluation for a possible Ebola infection. The system is working as intended: The individual identified a symptom of concern and called for assistance, DHMH arranged for safe transport, and the patient is being evaluated in an isolation room at the hospital. The initial evaluation is suggestive of a diagnosis other than Ebola infection. As part of the ongoing evaluation of this patient, our public health laboratory is performing an Ebola test. We expect to have an update by tomorrow morning. Now that the state will be actively monitoring all travelers from affected countries in West Africa, and it is also flu season, it is certain that additional individuals will need evaluation over the coming months.”
The unidentified patient was transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center at around 6pm tonight following a request from state health officials.
Hospital directors would not confirm where the person was transferred from or whether they had recently arrived from abroad.