KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) – Hospital officials in Kansas City say a patient at risk for Ebola is in strict isolation.
The University of Kansas Hospital said a Kansas City, Kansas resident came into the hospital early Monday morning with a high fever and other serious symptoms.
“He was very forthcoming in saying that he had been taking care of patients who were from areas known to have Ebola,” Dr. Lee Norman said.
Norman, who is the chief medical officer for the University of Kansas hospital, held a new conference to address the situation. Norman said the man is in his 40’s and lives in Kansas City, Kansas. He was working as a medic on a commercial ship off the west coast of Africa.
“He took care of quite a number of different kinds of patients, people with fevers and diarrhea, and the usual tropical diseases found in Central and West Africa,” Norman said. “He said that on the ship he didn’t know of any specific patients with Ebola, but that he didn’t have the ability to test for Ebola,” Norman continued.
The man returned to the U.S. about five days ago. He had a fever and chills and was vomiting.
Because of the man’s recent history, he was immediately isolated on a special infectious disease unit and is undergoing tests.
Hospital staff met the patient wearing personal protection equipment and followed the hospital’s plan for this kind of illness.
Tests are underway to determine a diagnosis. Doctors said they hoped to have results by tomorrow.