Possible Ebola patient being tested at D.C. hospital


A patient who is possibly infected with Ebola is being tested and isolated at Howard University Hospital in Northwest Washington, D.C.

The unnamed patient recently traveled to Nigeria and went to the hospital Thursday night "presenting symptoms that could be associated with Ebola."

The Ebola outbreak has been concentrated in West Africa. Nigeria has not seen any new cases since the end of August although 894 people are still being monitored.

"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient," Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement. "Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health."

The hospital will not disclose any more details as it wants to preserve the patient’s privacy although it did say the patient was stable.

Several people in the U.S. have been tested, but only one person has tested positive in Texas. An American journalist contracted the virus and is being moved to the U.S. for treatment

People infected with Ebola are not contagious until they show symptoms and it can only be passed through bodily fluids. Symptoms include a fever of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, headache and vomiting and can only be passed through bodily fluids.