Denver Hospital on Lockdown after Suspected EBOLA Outbreak
man who had traveled to the eastern Congo and returned brings back virus
A hospital in Denver, Colorado has been put on lockdown after fears of a possible Ebola outbreak, according to reports.
A man who had traveled to the eastern Congo and returned just a few days ago has been isolated according to Denver Health officials.
Health officials say he "became ill very suddenly this morning", however, the medics did not confirm the case as being Ebola, saying that testing proved negative.
According to Sputniknews: Ebola hemorrhagic fever or simply Ebola caused major human losses in West Africa during the 2014 outbreak, with some cases outside the region being registered later.
Last June, the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported a total 59 cases of hemorrhagic fever, which led to the deaths of 33 people.
A hospital in Denver, Colorado was put on lockdown due to a possible risk of an Ebola outbreak, CBS Denver reported on Sunday.
According to Denver Health officials, a man, who had traveled to the eastern Congo and had returned a few days ago, had been isolated.
He "became ill very suddenly this morning", however, the medics did not confirm the case as being Ebola, saying that testing proved negative.
"We felt that, if he had Ebola, then he could be very communicable… We had no wiggle room to be wrong," Denver Health chief medical officer Connie Price claimed.
After the testing results came in, operations in the medical facility resumed.
However, the ambulance crew that came into contact with the patient was isolated in order to prevent the possible spread of the disease, the Denver post news outlet reported.
The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from animals and is estimated by the World Health Organization to have a 50-percent fatality rate. The last outbreak in the DRC was officially declared over, with no cases having been reported for 45 days.
In May this year, scientists were preparing for a “public health emergency with international impact" as a new Ebola outbreak claims the lives of 17 people in the northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The outbreak of the deadly disease has been reported in Bikoro, just off the shores of Lake Tumba.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the reports of Ebola cases came from a clinic at Ilkoko Ipponge, located about 30 kilometers from the city and has very limited capabilities to deal with the disease