Is there another case of Ebola in the United States? Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., is currently treating a patient who has “Ebola-like” symptoms.
According to the Washington Post, the patient, who recently made a trip to Nigeria, is currently in stable condition. The hospital said that it was isolated the patient in an “abundance of caution. patient has been isolated
University spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement: “In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient … Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.”
In its statement, the Howard University Hospital made it clear that this is not a confirmed case of Ebola.
Still, fear has spread across social networks.
Ebola in DC? NAAA GET ME TF OUTTA VA RIGHT NOW
— Grace Allen (@Graacee_Allenn) October 3, 2014
#Ebola in DC???! Lord be with your people. Smh.
— DJackson (@3Dkindalove) October 3, 2014
Ebola in DC now…they needa stop lettin people travel to the US from there tf
— SilenceTheCritics (@LeaveNooDoubt) October 3, 2014
Ebola in DC? It’s time to raise up outta here. Anybody got an island I can use?
— Robert Williams (@chaos_disorder) October 3, 2014
Ebola in DC? I’m out.
— Torey♠ (@__OGSteez) October 3, 2014
NBC notes that while Ebola is still a major problem in countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone, the disease has slowed in Nigeria. The country has not had a confirmed case of Ebola since August 31.
The United States had its first case of Ebola earlier this week in Texas. There have been other scares in New York, California, and New Mexico but all of those patients tested negative for the disease.
Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC said: “There is no risk to people who have been in contact with those who have been sick with Ebola and recovered, or people who have been exposed and have not yet shown symptoms.”