Northern California hospital evaluating suspected Ebola patient

The UC Davis Medical Center is monitoring a possible Ebola patient Thursday, hospital officials said.

The patient was transferred at about 9 a.m. Thursday from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento to UC Davis, one of five UC medical centers identified in October by the California Department of Public Health as a priority hospital to treat confirmed Ebola patients.

The patient was described to have “symptoms consistent with Ebola infection,” and is reportedly in “good condition,” according to a statement from UC Davis Medical Center.

“Whenever there is a person displaying symptoms that may be Ebola, who has recently traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea, certain precautions are taken including isolating the patient, ruling out other infectious diseases, and testing for Ebola if warranted,” Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of California's Center for Infectious Diseases, said in a statement.

Officials with UC Davis Medical Center said the hospital is open and operating as normal. The hospital has a dedicated isolation room to treat suspected and confirmed Ebola patients, and the patient's presence does not pose a risk to the public or other patients, hospital officials said.

As of Thursday, more than 22,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola in West Africa, including 8,818 deaths.

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