Patient with ties to Liberia sparks medical center shutdown


BRAINTREE, MA (AP) – A medical center in Braintree says a patient who had been to Liberia and complained of a headache and muscle aches forced its brief shutdown and the patient was sent to a Boston hospital.

A statement from Ben Kruskal, chief of infectious disease at the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, does not mention Ebola in the Sunday incident. It says that “out of an abundance of caution” the center immediately notified authorities and the patient was securely taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Ebola symptoms include a fever, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain, and then vomiting and diarrhea. The building was closed briefly. Harvard Vanguard is working with the state Department of Public Health. A representative of the state agency could not be immediately reached.

The patient has been transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Kenneth Sands, Chief Quality Control Officer, says the hospital has a trained team who is prepared to treat the patient. “We are taking all necessary precautions in collaboration with the city of Boston and Dept. of Public Health for the potential that this is suspected Ebola.” says Dr. Sands.

The patient is currently being tested for Ebola, Dr. Sands says those results are expected to be released sometime Sunday night.

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