A patient is being tested for Ebola at a local Sacramento hospital tonight.
The unidentified patient has been been admitted to the Sacramento Kaiser Permanente and may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.
Tests are currently being done on the patient in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control. The patient has been placed in isolation.
There is no confirmation of Ebola at this time.
More than 1,200 people have been killed by the virus in West Africa.
Kaiser Permanente released the following statement:
"We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.
In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease. This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists. This enables the medical center to provide care in a setting that safeguards other patients and medical teams.
The safety of our members, patients and staff is our highest priority. Our physicians and infectious disease experts are working closely with local and state public health agencies to monitor developments and share information."
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