Two patients have been quarantined with Ebola-like symptoms. They have since been released from the hospital and have tested negative.
Added a new potential case in Cobb County, GA. An inmate recently traveled to Africa, and was charged with a DUI, has been developing a fever while in custody. Hopefully this is just a result of the legal circumstances he was facing, and not Ebola. More to come.
UPDATE 1:53PM MST: Cobb county inmate tested negative for Ebola: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/cobb-co-jail-inmate-being-tested-ebola/nhbYB/
According to NBC Washington News there is a patient that is being treated at Howard University Hospital. The patient was confirmed late Friday morning and has been recently traveling to Nigeria, an affected region.
Patient is in stable condition and currently being isolated. According to a hospital spokesperson:
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient,” said hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton in a statement. “Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.”
We will update as soon as we get more information. In the meantime continue minimizing your exposure in public areas and wash your hands frequently. Avoid shaking hands.
Thank you to my valued commentors for bringing me up to speed on this !
A pandemic is defined as a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects a high proportion of the population. Though, Ebola is not yet considered a pandemic, it is showing all the signs and symptoms of becoming one.
The Ebola Pandemic
The reason we refer to Ebola as a pandemic currently is simply because it is now in 2 continents. That is a very significant leap from before. The United States has it’s first case of Ebola with potentially hundreds more exposed. We are in the midst of a crisis. Though, we have more infrastructure to handle Ebola while it is small and contained, the moment its genetics mutate, or it spreads to the rest of the population, our infrastructure will be completely overwhelmed.
Preparedness starts with knowledge. You are now aware of this pandemic and understand its potential implications. We will be continuously monitoring its spread and updating you on new potential Ebola threats as they come.
The best thing you can do now is prepare.
Symptoms of Ebola
From Mayo Clinic
Signs and Ebola symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola or Marburg virus.
Early signs and symptoms include:
- Severe headache
- Joint and muscle aches
Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Red eyes
- Raised rash
- Chest pain and cough
- Stomach pain
- Severe weight loss
- Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
- Internal bleeding