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Woman Being Monitored For Ebola Hospitalized In Milwaukie


An employee with American Medical Services demonstrates how to use a Level B Ebola suit for members of the public on Thursday, October 24, 2014. 

An employee with American Medical Services demonstrates how to use a Level B Ebola suit for members of the public on Thursday, October 24, 2014. 

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State health officials confirmed this afternoon that a woman who was being monitored for Ebola developed a “sustained fever” this morning in Portland.
 
Health officials said she was transported to Providence Milwaukie Hospital around 1:30 p.m., where she was put in an isolation unit.
 
The woman, who health officials did not identify, didn’t have any known contact with Ebola patients, but had visited one of the three West African countries experiencing an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the officials said.
 
Health officials have been monitoring her temperature twice a day, and responded immediately when she developed a fever.
 
Dr. Paul Lewis, the Tri-County Health Officer, said there is no risk to the public because she had no symptoms until Friday morning.

Health officials are concerned the woman has some kind of acute illness, but said they consider Ebola one of many possibilities.

Lewis said health officials will test the woman for Ebola.

“The blood needs to be obtained, it needs to be packaged appropriately, it needs to be shipped to a CDC lab in Atlanta,” he said.
 
Hospital official said the woman was not brought into the hospital through the Emergency Room to limit possible exposure.
 
Dave Underriner, the regional Chief Executive with Providence, said  the woman was brought to the Milwaukie facility because it was “available at this time to take care of the patient.”
 
“We have a secured unit,” he said.
 
Underriner said that more than 500 Providence employees had volunteered for special training on how to safely care for Ebola patients. 

Gov. John Kitzhaber said that health officials are keeping him informed of the situation: “Local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, and first responders have been working together to ensure the state is prepared,” he said. 

Go here for the CDC’s answers to frequent questions about ebola.

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