Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation
(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people.
In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation.
The 898-bed acute-care hospital "is following all federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors," it said.
The hospital said the CDC anticipated preliminary results of tests on the patient to be ready on Tuesday.
Does anyone think we'll get more than a few isolated cases or an outbreak in the U.S.? And is it really any scarier than HIV or Hep-C, or is it Media hyped?