Health officials: Providence Hospital patient is Ebola free

Health officials: Providence Hospital patient is Ebola free

MOBILE, AL (WLOX) - We have just received word from Providence Hospital in Mobile, AL, that the patient who was displaying symptoms similar to Ebola Friday evening has been cleared of the virus.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, hospital officials released a statement saying a patient who was showing symptoms similar to the potentially deadly virus was on the way to the hospital for observation.

Around 5:15 p.m., hospital officials said after testing and a period of strict isolation, it was determined the patient was not at risk of Ebola.

Health officials praised the way hospital personnel responded to the potential threat. This is the statement Providence Hospital released to WLOX News:

This afternoon, Providence Hospital received a suspected Ebola case. Despite the low-level risk, the hospital activated its comprehensive Ebola plan and infection control protocols. The patient was kept in strict isolation while a medical history was obtained and laboratory tests were performed under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Based on all initial results and the patient's history, ADPH has concluded that the patient is not at risk of Ebola infection. Due to privacy regulations, we cannot release any more information about the patient. However, we are extremely pleased with the performance of our medical team and associates, who handled this situation with professionalism and compassion.

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