NM Department of Health working with CDC to rule out Ebola in UNMH patient

Created: 08/17/2014 3:27 PM
By: Web Staff

The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform tests to rule out Ebola in a woman who developed a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fever. 

According to The New Mexico Department of Health, the 30-year-old woman recently visited Sierra Leone, Africa and returned to the United States earlier this month. Sierra Leone is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola.

The woman is currently at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque in stable condition. At this time the patient is not a probable case, but a person under investigation with no known exposures.

“UNM Hospital has isolated the patient, and is following the appropriate protocols to ensure other patients and health care workers are safe,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, in a press release Sunday. 

According to the CDC, Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population. A person infected with Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear. The virus is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola and is not spread through the air or by food or water.

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