Sunday, November 2, 2014

Patient in isolation at Milwaukie hospital tests negative for Ebola

Posted: Nov 02, 2014 5:16 PM EST Updated: Nov 02, 2014 5:51 PM EST
MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) - A Portland woman who recently visited Africa and was being monitored at a Milwaukie hospital for possible Ebola has tested negative for the virus.
Providence Health & Services announced Sunday that no further testing was required for the patient.
“Based on test results and an evaluation of her clinical condition, I'm pleased to say there are no cases of Ebola in Oregon. The CDC has advised us that no further testing is required,” says Paul Lewis, M.D., Tri-County health officer. “We are satisfied that the system worked and continues to work well.”
On Friday, health officials announced the woman was put in isolation at Providence Milwaukie Hospital after developing a sustained fever.
The patient, who has not been identified, had visited one of the three Ebola-stricken countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia). The specific country and a timeline of her travels were not released.
The patient is continuing to receive inpatient care and monitoring. She will remain in a separate unit at the hospital. Physicians, nurses and other caregivers will continue to follow all infectious disease and safety protocols.
No additional details about her condition or potential release from the hospital were immediately announced Sunday.
A press conference was set for 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.