The patient who underwent Ebola medical evaluation Friday morning has been downgraded from low-risk to no-risk based on the guidelines and protocols of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the Centers for Diseases Prevention and Control (CDC) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) care team.
In consultation with DHEC, CDC and the Department of Defense, it has been confirmed the patient had no contact with anyone in Liberia, according to a statement released by MUSC Friday afternoon. He has been determined to have no risk for Ebola.
The patient will be removed from Ebola precautions and no quarantine will be required, according to the release.
MUSC held a press conference Friday morning about the patient undergoing Ebola screening after the hospital activated its Ebola protocols Thursday evening.
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MUSC activated the protocols after it was contacted Thursday by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) about a patient who required medical screening.
A member of our military who traveled from Liberia was being monitored out of an abundance of caution, Mark Plowden, a DHEC spokesman said Friday morning. The individual was only in West Africa for three hours and did not leave their plane during that time. The risk of Ebola is extremely low, however, MUSC is following protective protocol as a precautionary measure.
We have reviewed the matter with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and they are in agreement with the current course of action, Plowden said.
A MUSC medical team was dispatched to the patient’s home and transported the patient to MUSC in an isolation pod, according to Sarah King, a MUSC spokeswoman.
The patient was immediately placed in the specialized isolation unit and is currently under the care of the MUSC Ebola specialized medical team of physicians, nurses and other medical personnel, King said in a statement released by MUSC. The patient remains in isolation and the initial assessment indicates the patient is very unlikely to have Ebola. MUSC and DHEC will continue to monitor the patient in the isolation unit.
Last month, Catherine Templeton, the director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), said MUSC volunteered to be an Ebola ready hospital.
MUSC agreed to serve as South Carolina’s hub for treatment of patients with an Ebola diagnosis, should a patient need transportation to the academic medical center, according to a statement released by MUSC and DHEC.