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No Ebola for Sacramento patient at UC Davis Medical Center

Dr. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center, speaks in October about the hospital’s readiness for Ebola patients.
Dr. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center, speaks in October about the hospital’s readiness for Ebola patients. rbenton@sacbee.com

A patient being treated at UC Davis Medical Center does not have Ebola, public officials announced Friday.

The patient arrived at Mercy General Hospital in East Sacramento on Thursday. Suspecting Ebola, physicians transferred the patient to UC Davis Medical Center, one of the state’s eight designated treatment centers for the disease, around 9 that morning. The patient had symptoms consistent with Ebola, and had a history of travel to an Ebola-affected country, the hospital confirmed.

The Ebola test was completed at the Sacramento County Public Health Laboratory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved that lab for Ebola testing just this January, said county spokeswoman Laura McCasland, and this was the first specimen to be tested there.

Test results were completed in less than 24 hours, McCasland said.

“That alleviated a great deal of anxiety and enabled us to dedicate our resources to other investigations,” she said.

Representatives from UC Davis report that the patient is in good condition, poses no risk to the public or to other patients and will continue to receive care at the facility.

Ebola is a severe disease that causes hemorrhaging, fever and hallucination. An Ebola outbreak hit West Africa last spring and has since resulted in nearly 9,000 deaths.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

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