A patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms was admitted to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital Tuesday night, and eight others are being quarantined or monitored after coming into contact with that patient.
Officials said the patient is considered “at low risk” for having the disease, but multiple agencies are taking necessary precautions. The patient will be tested for Ebola tonight, and the results of the test should be released tomorrow.
“We had a situation today in which somebody who had recently traveled to a country where there are still some active cases of Ebola had been returned to the U.S.,” Jefferson County Medical Director Edward Khan said. “This person would fit into our low-risk category, meaning they did not come into contact with any known Ebola cases while over there, and they didn’t participate in any high-risk activities such as burial ceremonies or health care work.”
Two Birmingham rescue workers who came into contact with the patient were also taken to UAB Hospital, where they are being quarantined overnight.
Two family members of the initial patient have been asked by officials to remain inside their home in the 1600 block of 17th Street SW, Birmingham police Lt. Joe Roberts said.
Common early Ebola symptoms include: fever, headaches, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, and stomach pain. These symptoms could stem from a different and less infectious illness, however, due to the patient’s recent travel history, authorities are exercising extreme caution.