Illinois Department of Public Health Recently Tested an Individual for Ebola — Had Fever and History of Travel to Liberia

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On Saturday November 29, 2014 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results for a person who reported having a fever with a history of having travelled in Liberia where 3016 people have died from Ebola infection in the 2014 outbreak as of November 28, 2014.

The Illinois Department of Public Health released the following statement on Saturday …

“We have promised the public we would let them know if the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, and today, we are doing just that,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.

“IDPH performed testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who travelled from Liberia and arrived in Illinois on November 16. The individual was evaluated, was determined to be asymptomatic and low risk at the time, and has been actively monitored for symptoms since that time. On Thursday, November 27, the individual reported having a fever and was transported to a hospital following stringent infection control protocols. In addition to medical evaluation and testing, and after consultation involving the hospital, local health departments, IDPH and CDC, IDPH performed testing for Ebola as a precaution. The test results were negative for Ebola.

“At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois and there is no threat to the general public. Travelers from Africa may experience respiratory illness due to malaria or other non-Ebola associated diseases.

“The statewide Ebola Task Force, announced October 22 by Governor Pat Quinn, along with hospitals and local health departments across Illinois will continue to work together to quickly identify a person who could potentially be at risk of Ebola, and take quick action in order to protect the health and safety of all Illinois residents.”

To respect and protect the individual’s privacy, no additional information was provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The IDPH did not release the precise time frame or the specific facility of the hospital or the name of the hospital that was mentioned as connected with the testing for Ebola. The news release also did not mention how long the person was admitted to the hospital or if the person was even admitted to the hospital. The release also did not reveal the duration of time required to achieve the test results or the reliability of the test results, or the name of the test that was used to diagnose the person who reported the fever. The IDPH release reported that the person was without any symptoms.

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