UNM Hospital: Woman not infected with Ebola virus

Updated: 08/21/2014 4:41 PM | Created: 08/21/2014 2:19 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

ALBUQUERQUE -- A UNM Hospital patient who was tested this week for Ebola is not infected with the virus, according to test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The hospital received the results on Thursday, according to UNMH epidemiologist Dr. Meghan Brett, who helped coordinate the precautionary care and testing.

"The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our top priority," said Dr. Robert Bailey, associate dean of clinical affairs at the UNM School of Medicine, in a statement. "UNM Hospital is well-prepared to handle any situation requiring infection control, and our staff demonstrated that preparedness this week, performing superbly in following the necessary protocols that are in place to protect our patients, visitors and staff."

The 30-year-old woman recently visited Sierra Leone, Africa, and returned to the United States earlier this month.

She went to UNM Hospital last week with a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and a history of fever at home.

Sierra Leone is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola.

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