UTMB and GCHD says person with symptoms tests negative for Ebola
UPDATE — UTMB and the Galveston County Health District confirm that tests show patient has tested negative for Ebola. Officials say, “The GCHD and UTMB have therefore determined that this patient definitively does not have Ebola and that there is no risk to Galveston County communities associated with this patient.”
LEAGUE CITY, TX - The League City Police Department received a call this morning from a worker at Intermediate Medical Care stating a patient who had recently traveled from Africa was exhibiting symptoms that could be consistent with Ebola.
The Intermediate Medical Care facility was immediately closed as a precaution and League City EMS has contacted the Center for Disease Control. Since the initial scare, NewsFix talked with the owner of Intermediate Medical Care facility, Moshe Allon, and he says the clinic has been cleared and is open for business once again. Allon claims the person who was taken for testing has come back as testing negative for Ebola.
The full release is below.
The League City Police Department received a call this morning at 11:22 a.m. from Intermediate Medical Care located at 2640 E League City Parkway. A medical worker stated a patient who had recently traveled from Africa was at the facility and exhibiting symptoms that could be consistent with Ebola. As a precaution, the facility and immediate area were closed and the Galveston County Health District was notified. League City Emergency Services personnel are treating this situation with every precaution and working closely with Galveston County Health officials to transport the League City resident to UTMB for testing. Any other personnel or patients present at the facility this morning have been kept quarantined until the Galveston County Health District evaluates the situation.
Although we realize that this may cause concern in our community, we ask people to remain calm. League City EMS contacted the Center for Disease Control and based upon the countries the patient visited the agency believes there is very little to zero risk of exposure to Ebola. Representatives from the Galveston County Health District stated, “Because of conflicting reports, GCHD is standing on the side of caution until such time UTMB evaluates and confirms the person’s lack of risk for Ebola. Once GCHD confirms facts from UTMB experts, guidance will be provided to the public and the clinic.”
League City officials will continue to monitor the situation closely. Any future updates or information from the Galveston County Health District will be shared on all League City social media platforms and websites. Here is the link to the Galveston County Health District’s website: http://www.gchd.org/ . The League City website is http://www.leaguecity.com.