Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this Oregon News report datelined Santa Fe: UNMH patient being tested for Ebola-like symptoms. Excerpt:
UNM [University of New Mexico] Hospital has put a patient in isolation and the New Mexico Department of Health is calling in the Centers of Disease Control to conduct tests on that patient to make sure she does not have the Ebola virus.
Health officials are not saying the woman has Ebola, but they haven’t ruled it out yet.
Officials say the 30-year-old woman is a patient at UNM Hospital and developed a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fever, all of which are symptoms of Ebola.
The woman recently left the country Sierra Leone in West Africa which has known cases of Ebola, and that’s what sparked concern with her symptoms, which are common cold and flu-like symptoms as well.
Officials say the was a teacher in Sierra Leone, and before she left earlier this month, she had no known exposures to Ebola.
State officials say at this time the patient is not a probable case, but out of caution they are working with the CDC to perform tests on her to rule out Ebola. State health officials are also working closely with UNM Hospital officials on the case.
This is just another "good training" incident for local healthcare surveillance. Not every bogey on the radar is an incoming missile.