Woman hospitalized after being monitored for Ebola
Public health physicians held a press conference Friday afternoon to answer questions about the patient.
Doctors said the woman had recently been in West Africa and she was staying in Portland. They did not release other details about her due to patient privacy laws.
She was taken to Providence Milwaukie Hospital for assessment after she developed a sustained fever of more than 102 degrees.
The woman is not a risk to the public, according to OHA spokesman Jonathan Modie.
It has not been confirmed that the woman has Ebola. The hospital was testing her blood to find out if the virus is present.
"The patient does have an acute illness of some kind," said Dr. Paul Lewis, Tri-County Health Officer. "Ebola is on a list of possibilities."
The people who were living in the same house as the patient were under a voluntary quarantine.
On Friday afternoon, Governor Kitzhaber said the state has protocols in place for situations like this.
"State and local public health officials are monitoring the situation and keeping me informed. Local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, and first responders have been working together to ensure the state is prepared," he said. "We will keep Oregonians informed as we know more.".. http://www.kgw.com/story/news/health/2014/10/31/person-being-monitored-for-ebola-in-oregon-hospitalized/18265269/