Patient In Isolation At Tulsa Hospital Screened For Ebola

Friday, October 31st 2014, 7:02 am
By: News On 6

New information Friday about a patient being monitored for Ebola at Tulsa's OSU Medical Center. 

A hospital spokesman says when the unidentified patient was admitted Thursday evening, the patient did not have any contact with other patients at the hospital. In addition, the OSU Medical Center says all doctors and nurses caring for the patient are wearing personal protective equipment and the patient is isolation. 

The spokesperson says the patient was screened for Ebola, but the hospital did not know when the results of that screening would be released. They also did not specify if the patient is a man or a woman.

EMSA says the ambulance which brought the patient to OSU Medical Center was decontaminated afterwards.  

Thursday evening, the Tulsa Health Department said the patient had developed a fever after returning from a trip to West Africa in the Ebola hot zone. The THD says the patient did not specify why they were there, but did say it was not for Ebola response and the patient did not have any known contact with an Ebola-infected person while in West Africa.

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The Tulsa Health Department says it had seen the patient twice since the patient returned from West Africa.  The THD says protocol called for the patient to check with the health department for 21 days upon returning from a trip to West Africa.  

The department did not specify when the patient returned but Thursday evening said the patient was running a fever of  100.4 degrees when taken to the hospital.  

The Tulsa Health Department says they are working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the patient will continue to be monitored while at the OSU Medical Center.  

The THD says out of respect for the patient's privacy they will not release any of the patient's personal information.