Is Ebola in New Mexico?

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A woman who is experiencing symptoms of Ebola is in quarantine at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

On August 4, the woman returned from a visit to Sierra Leone, a West African country that has been hit particularly hard by the current Ebola outbreak. So far, 810 cases and 348 deaths have been reported there.

Last Friday, the 30-year-old woman began to develop flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, muscle aches, and a headache.

On Saturday, she checked herself into the hospital.

The woman is being held in a special room that has negative pressure to keep everything inside the room. The room itself is in protective gear and doctors and nurses have been instructed to wear protective gear when taking care of the woman, reports KOAT.

At least 170 healthcare workers have been infected with Ebola so far, but all of them have been in the West African countries that are being affected by the outbreak. Conditions for healthcare workers in those countries present challenges that US medical facilities do not face, such as extreme heat, long hours, under-staffing, and lack of adequate equipment.

The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform tests to (hopefully) rule out the deadly virus. Blood samples will be sent to the CDC in Atlanta.

Health officials say they don’t believe the woman has Ebola, but they are taking extreme caution just in case:

“Because she does have some of these generalized signs and symptoms, we want to be unduly cautious,” said New Mexico Department of Health deputy epidemiologist Joan Baumbach. “I honestly believe that the public is not at risk — that we’re taking every precaution necessary and anything we learn of any concern to the public, we will be relaying immediately.”

From KOB4:

CDC and state health officials say the patient’s symptoms do not rise to what would be considered a “probable” case of the virus — but some of Ebola’s most basic symptoms are there.

“She’s absolutely being managed as if she might,” said Baumbach.

Baumbach says the woman does not believe she was in contact with anyone who has the virus — and transmission is difficult.

“People really need to have those bodily fluids enter their own bodies directly, through touching it or by other means of very direct contact,” she said.

Officials said the woman’s preliminary test results should be back by the end of this week.

Last week, a NY man who was quarantined after developing symptoms associated with Ebola shared his experience with the public. Fortunately, tests were negative and he was released from the hospital.

Meanwhile, tests for Ebola are being conducted on the body of a 48-year-old British woman who died in Austria on Saturday after returning from a trip to Nigeria. And, the body of a Nigerian woman who flew to Abu Dhabi and died in the city is also being tested for the virus. That woman, a 35-year-old who had advanced metastatic cancer, became ill while in transit at Abu Dhabi International Airport. When medics were trying to resuscitate her, they found signs that suggested a possible Ebola virus infection.

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  • Rebel Mel

    It looks as if they are intentionally trying to spread the disease. Why aren’t the borders shut down. Why are they allowing people to fly out of those countries? Anyone with a stamp in their passport from one of those countries should be placed in quarantine immediately. This is a bunch of bs. NO ONE has the right to spread that around.

  • Greg Straw

    N95s, silver, nitril gloves goggles and disinfectant, then go back to life

  • Alabama Mothman

    If it is, it’s time to put Obama in jail for the rest of his traitorous f**king life. Along with the f**ing traitorous lives of the DHS, FBI and CIA.

  • Roddy Pfeiffer

    So now, if somebody has the symptoms of the common cold, we all go into full retard Ebola Panic? What a nation of frightened ninnies.

  • Notgotany

    Globalization of the economy and interconnected business models make travel sometimes a necessity. The internet and video conferencing have reduced this somewhat in the last few years.
    It is almost inevitable that a very large outbreak of anything will spread especially when the incubation period is long and the person is active and traveling.
    We can speculate that the bio labs in the area had a hand in this but as is usual we do not have direct verifiable proof.
    Somehow we need to overcome the effect of the fear mongering that is prevalent on tv the radio and now also on the internet due to individuals paid to spread dis-info.
    Just relax for a second and look for proof of whatever you see or hear before you react to it.