CDC: Isolated patient in Honolulu doesn't fit Ebola profile

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday a patient isolated in a Honolulu hospital does not appear to have symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus, Hawaii News Now has learned.

Speaking to NBC News, C.D.C. officials said the patient, who has not been identified, was not tested for Ebola because his symptoms did not match those typically associated with the virus.

The determination to test a patient for Ebola is a joint decision made by the patient's healthcare provider, the state Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, officials said.

As of Thursday morning, there had been no testing of the patient for Ebola, and no sample of blood was being sent to any of the labs certified to test for the virus, C.D.C. officials said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Queen's Medical Center officials said the hospital was "evaluating a patient for possible symptoms that may be consistent with Ebola."

The patient who was placed in isolation on Wednesday was done so out of an abundance of caution, officials said. Hospitals across the state have been briefed by the Department of Health about standing operating procedures in the event of a possible Ebola case, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

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