A patient exhibiting possible symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC Friday, according to an AFP report today. The patient has recent travel history to Nigeria, one of the African countries that experienced the Ebola outbreak.
“We can confirm that a patient has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola,” said Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton.
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient.”
Dr. Joxel Garcia, Director of Health with the District of Columbia Department of Health said the following in a statement today, “The District of Columbia Department of Health has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Howard University Hospital to monitor any patients displaying symptoms associated with the Ebola virus. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the District of Columbia.”
The total number of probable, confirmed and suspected cases in the current West Africa Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak as of 28 September 2014 is 7,178, with 3,338 deaths according to the health ministries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page