Patient at Sacramento Hospital Being Tested for Possible Ebola Exposure

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SACRAMENTO, CA - A patient at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is being tested for possible exposure to the Ebola virus, officials confirmed.

The person has been admitted to the hospital and is in isolation as a
precaution, according to Kaiser spokesperson Edwin Garcia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus, Dr. Stephen M. Parodi, Kaiser infectious diseases specialist, stated in a news release.

According to CDC, symptoms of the often fatal illness are fever, severe
headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and lack of appetite. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to ebola virus, although eight to 10 days is most common. Ebola can only be spread after symptoms appear.

There isn't any antidote for the Ebola virus. Some patients do recover.

Four countries in West Africa are currently experiencing an outbreak of
Ebola. According to CDC, there have been 1,229 deaths from the virus in 2014, and 2,240 confirmed and suspected cases.