UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Santa Barbara County public health officials say the patient's test results and clinical evaluation confirm she does not have Ebola.
The patient doesn't show signs of fever or illness and will be discharged from the hospital Monday. All test results were in normal ranges, according to Susan Klein-Rothschild, the county’s deputy director of community health.
Original story: Santa Barbara County could be experiencing its first Ebola case, but public health officials say it is a low-risk situation with no threat to the community.
The county monitors people who return from any of the countries experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and people are cleared after 21 days if they don’t develop symptoms, according to Susan Klein-Rothschild, the county’s deputy director of community health.
One of these individuals, an unidentified woman, developed a fever Sunday and “displayed signs of illness,” so the county is taking precautions and transported her to an undisclosed assessment hospital in the Los Angeles area, Klein-Rothschild said.
“While this is a low-risk situation and highly unlikely to be Ebola, after conferring with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, a decision was made to take all precautionary measures and transport the patient to the hospital for observation, close monitoring, testing and implementation of full infection-control measures,” Klein-Rothschild said in a statement. Read more at noozhawk.com »