Update: Ebola Test is Negative for Patient at Medical Center of the Rockies

Patient is considered to be at low risk for Ebola virus infection
April 2nd, 2015

The following is an update released about 7 a.m. April 2, 2015:

Ebola test is negative for patient at Medical Center of the Rockies

Loveland, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory completed the Ebola test for the patient at Medical Center of the Rockies. Result of the test is negative for Ebola. Medical Center of the Rockies will continue providing care to the patient.

Health care experts will determine whether additional testing is warranted.

For more information on Ebola, visit CDPHE at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/search/site/ebola or CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/.

The following release was published at 3 a.m. April 2, 2015:

Patient With Ebola Symptoms Being Evaluated

Loveland, Colo. – Infectious diseases specialists from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and UCHealth are evaluating a patient with symptoms of Ebola.

CDPHE is currently conducting an Ebola test, and results should be known on Thursday morning. The patient also is being evaluated/tested for other conditions.

The patient was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies by a specially equipped ambulance on Wednesday evening after becoming ill. The patient had recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country.

While the patient is considered to be at low risk of infection with the Ebola virus, the patient is in an isolated and secure area away from other patients, staff and visitors during the evaluation process. Medical Center of the Rockies is taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of other patients, visitors and staff.

Symptoms may appear anywhere between 2-21 days after exposure and include a fever, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and lack of appetite. Public health officials remind everyone that Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids of a person already showing symptoms of Ebola. Ebola is not spread through the air, water, food, or mosquitoes.

For more information on Ebola, visit CDPHE at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/search/site/ebola or CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

  • CDPHE: Mark Salley; 303-921-8594; Mark.Salley@state.co.us
  • UCHealth: Dan Weaver; 720-940-6376; Dan.Weaver@UCHealth.org

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