Ebola not detected in possible Richmond case

Ebola not detected in possible Richmond case
The female patient was presenting a low-grade fever and went to CrossOver Healthcare Ministry. (Source: NBC12)
The female patient was presenting a low-grade fever and went to CrossOver Healthcare Ministry. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Health says tests show no sign of the Ebola virus in a patient put in isolation at VCU Medical Center after returning from West Africa and falling ill.

The female patient had a low-grade fever and went to CrossOver Healthcare Ministry on 108 Cowardin Ave. for symptoms unrelated to Ebola. The patient was allowed to leave the clinic Monday night and the clinic closed early.

An apparent relative drove her to VCU Medical Center, where they are fully equipped with special isolation rooms. The unidentified woman recently returned from Liberia, though she claims to have had no contact with Ebola patients. The CDC was notified and though the patient did not fit all the criteria for Ebola, a full work-up which included CDC-approved Ebola testing. Those results came back showing no sign of Ebola on Tuesday. Those test results will now be confirmed by the CDC.

Health officials note the CDC criteria for Ebola testing include travel history, symptoms, and patient exposure. The patient did not show symptoms of Ebola like vomiting, high fever, or bleeding.

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