Sources: Patient isolated at UConn Health tests positive for Malaria

UConn Health Center officials gave a press conference Wednesday to discuss a patient with a possible Ebola infection (WTNH / Tim Clune)


FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two sources confirm that a patient admitted to the John Dempsey Medical Center on Tuesday night and put in isolation due to a possibility that he has Ebola in fact has Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease.

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The patient, a male who has not been identified, arrived at the Emergency Department at UConn Health at 7:17 p.m. with muscle aches and a fever. Upon learning he had been in Liberia to aid in the Ebola virus disease efforts and returned about two weeks ago, precautionary measures were taken immediately.

Early on, doctors determined his risk for the Ebola virus was very low for a number of reasons. He had an administrative role and had no direct patient contact, but he returned on April 30, before Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, thus the precautionary steps.

Safety protocols set up by the Ebola Task Force at UConn Health were activated.

“It involves transit of the patient in particular ways through the hospital with the right precautions, personal protective equipment of the right variety, which you’ve seen and seen pictures of, how we put these gowns on and take them off,” said Chair of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Paul Skolnik.

The patient is doing well and is in stable condition.

He was actively monitored by the State Department of Public Health since returning from Liberia, part of its protocol since the Ebola outbreak, which has killed thousands in West Africa.

On Tuesday evening, a patient with a fever was admitted to John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health. Although other diagnoses were more likely, the possibility of Ebola virus infection could not be completely ruled out because of the symptoms and his arrival from Liberia on April 30.

UConn Health officials were notified this evening (Wednesday) that tests confirm he does NOT have the Ebola virus.

The full protocol for possible Ebola exposure was followed, and we want to publicly applaud the work of the UConn Health physicians, nurses, APRNs, fire, police, housekeeping and all support staff in protecting the patient, the public and themselves.” — Stephanie Reitz, UConn spokesperson

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