Hawaii Ebola Case Still Not Confirmed, Patient Being Tested
Multiple local Hawaii news reports have come out stating that a person is being tested for Ebola in Honolulu, HI. The patient has been isolated in their own room and security measures are being taken for people entering or leaving the patients room. The travel history of this Hawaii patient has not been released after being asked by several reporters and investigators.
The Hawaii patient that could have Ebola was admitted into Queen's Medical Center on Wednesday morning October 1st, 2014. An official Ebola test on the patient has not been performed and several tests will be completed first.
A local news reporter with KHON2 asked a representative, "So it sounds like this person does have a fever and recently traveled to West Africa" but the represenative for the hostipal replied, "Again, I can't be th eone to confirm that." Dr. Melissa Viray was quoted as saying, "We are early in the investigation of a patient - very, very, early, who we're investigating that might have Ebola. It's very possible that they do and they have Ebola, I think it's also more likely that they have another condition that presents with similar symptoms."
Internally employees of Queen's Medical Center were alerted that the hospital was, "evaluating a patient for possible symptoms that may be consistent with Ebola." Inside of the hospital there is no official room for containing Ebola but staff has assured they are taking all the necessary precautions to protect employees and visitors to the hosptial in Hawaii.
Officials from Hawaii's State Department of Health issued a statement that confirmed a patient was being isolated in Honolulu, Hawaii for Ebola.
"“The department was notified today of the case and is in the preliminary stages of an investigation into the travel history and clinical presentation of the individual. The patient is still undergoing evaluation and may be diagnosed with a number of conditions other than Ebola,” the statement said. “The department is working closely with the hospital which is following all precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of patients, staff, and the community.”
“At this time, the department is not releasing any additional information on the patient or the patient’s status,” it added, noting an update would be released as “new information becomes available.”
Wednesday night the Queen's Medical Center also released a statement saying the following:
"The Queen's Medical Center is evaluating a patient for possible symptoms that may be consistent with Ebola.
Queen's wants to underscore that at this time, the patient's history and clinical presentations do not appear to be consistent with Ebola and the patient may be diagnosed with a number of conditions other than Ebola. However, due to the heightened scope of awareness of Ebola, Queen's is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure the safety of patients, physicians, hospital staff, volunteers and visitors. This includes placing the patient in isolation.
Queen's is working closely with the Hawaii State Department of Health to help ensure we care for the patient and protect our community in line with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease. Early symptoms include sudden fever, fatigue and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.
Queen's is bound by patient confidentiality and cannot share any information about the status of the patient."