Test Results Show UNM Hospital Patient Does Not Have Ebola
Laboratory tests conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that a 30-year-old woman hospitalized at UNM Hospital does not have Ebola Virus Disease. The New Mexico Department of Health received the results today.
The Department of Health, in collaboration with the CDC, made the decision to conduct the laboratory tests out of an abundance of caution due to her travel history. The woman had been in Sierra Leone, Africa, and left there earlier this month. She had no history of contact with anyone who had been sick in Sierra Leone, including anyone with confirmed or suspected Ebola Virus Disease.
The 30-year-old Bernalillo County woman went to UNM Hospital last week with sore throat, headache, muscle aches and a history of fever at home. There is no indication that she has an infectious disease that can be spread from person to person. The New Mexico Department of Health only reports causes of an individual’s illness when there is a potential public health benefit.
This is the final update the Department will be issuing regarding this case.
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