An unidentified 32-year-old Phoenix resident who returned from Sierra Leone this week has been hospitalized and will be screened for Ebola after complaining of feeling ill and experiencing dry heaves, along with diarrhea.
Maricopa Integrated Health System’s chief medical officer, Dr. Robert Fromm said tests were being performed only out of “an abundance of caution” and it’s unlikely the individual has Ebola.
“This patient’s symptoms and presentation aren’t strongly suggestive of the Ebola disease,” said Fromm. “Given his presentation, I would not be surprised if he actually was discharged back home following his additional evaluation.”
While the man told officials he traveled to Sierra Leone in response to the epidemic, Arizona officials said he did not treat Ebola patients, go to funeral services or otherwise come into contact with anyone infected with the virus.