'Abundance of caution' prompts isolation for UNMH patient with Ebola-like symptoms

From KOB-TV.com - By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - Health officials continue to monitor a Bernalillo County woman showing symptoms similar to the Ebola virus. The woman was traveling in the West African nation of Sierra Leone at the beginning of the month. 
      She then returned to Albuquerque and soon after began to develop symptoms on Friday. She was admitted to UNM Hospital on Saturday. The patient is currently undergoing a series of tests and remains in isolation at the hospital -- blood samples will go to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
      Health officials say this is not a highly probable case of the virus, but because of the symptoms -- and her recent return from West Africa -- there's no room for guesses.
      On Saturday that woman checked herself into UNM Hospital with flu-like symptoms. Officials say she's in isolation, with hospital staff following strict guidelines. "They wear gowns, gloves, face masks, in addition to eye protection," said UNM Hospital epidemiologist Meghan Brett.  Brett says extreme caution is being taken.
     CDC and state health officials say the patient's symptoms do not rise to what would be considered a "probable" case of the virus -- but some of Ebola's most basic symptoms are there. Baumbach says the woman does not believe she was in contact with anyone who has the virus -- and transmission is difficult.
     Blood samples from the woman are being collected and will be shipped to the CDC in Atlanta. More