South Georgia hospital patient assessed for Ebola, ruled no risk

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - A patient that presented flu-like symptoms was assessed for Ebola at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center emergency center Thursday, according to the hospital.

Officials said the male patient presented symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

The hospital said it followed recommended guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, and the patient was asked for a travel history.

According to a statement from Phoebe Putney Health System, though the man had not been to Africa, he had attended a conference in California where he had been seated next to a person who had recently traveled to Africa.

Officials said the patient was isolated until a consultation was obtained with the chief epidemiologist with the State Department of Public Health, who determined that the patient was at no risk of being infected with Ebola virus.

Hospital officials did not release the name of the patient.

According to the CDC, Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids of an Ebola-infected person.

Direct contact means that body fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) from an infected person (alive or dead) have touched someone's eyes, nose, or mouth or an open cut, wound, or abrasion.

Ebola is killed with hospital-grade disinfectants (such as household bleach).

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