SACRAMENTO: A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and
exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said.
The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection.
Although recently in an area where Ebola transmission is widespread, the person had no known contact with anyone who has had the disease, said Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Public Health Department.
McCasland said she did not know precisely where or when the patient had traveled in West Africa, the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, or why the individual was there or for how long.
The patient was transferred on Thursday morning to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, and was later listed in good condition, the medical center said in statements.
The hospital said the patient was admitted after exhibiting “symptoms consistent with Ebola infection,” but did not elaborate.
Hospital spokeswoman Dorsey Griffith said the patient was being tested for infection.
She declined to specify the symptoms exhibited but said they were serious enough “that the patient was admitted as a suspected Ebola patient.”
The individual was being treated in a special Ebola isolation unit at the hospital, she said.
State epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez said in a separate statement that an Ebola diagnosis had not been confirmed.