A person who had recently spent time in a country that’s a hotbed of Ebola infection is reportedly being treated at a Washington, D.C. hospital for symptoms of possible infection by the deadly virus. As you’d guess, that medical facility is only a few miles from the White House.
The NBC News station in the nation’s capital reports that the patient with Ebola-like symptoms is being closely monitored at Howard University Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirmed late Friday morning. The patient had traveled to Nigeria recently.
That person has been admitted to the hospital in stable condition, and is being isolated and tested. The medical team is working with the CDC to determine whether the patient has Ebola.
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient,” said hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton in a statement.
That same hospital, says the Washington Business Journal, was recently awarded an $11 million grant to research a new drug to fight Ebola.
At least $2 million from the National Institutes of Health will go toward developing a new drug to target a particular protein of the Ebola virus. As well, $2 million will go toward work at the hospital researching HIV resistance in people with sickle cell disease, officials said.
It was only hours before this latest news broke about another possible Ebola patient in the United States that the Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Thomas Frieden, said he supported the Obama administration’s decision not to impose travel restrictions on travelers from countries hard hit by the Ebola outbreak.
CDC Director Tom Frieden is doubling down on the Obama administration’s refusal to implement travel restrictions, arguing shutting down borders to Ebola stricken countries could make the situation worse and won’t necessarily stop the deadly disease from spreading.
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