Malaria likely diagnosis in CMC scare

CMC ER blocked off

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- CMC Main's emergency room will return to normal operations after roping off its door.

CMC says a patient arrived at the hospital Tuesday night. That person recently traveled to a country known for infectious diseases, officials say.

Caution tape blocked the outside door it to the emergency room. The hospital says it took all appropriate measures to protect patients, staff and visitors. This includes consulting the CDC and North Carolina Department of Health.

Both organizations have determined the risk for communicable disease is low. The patient will be sent home and no further testing is necessary.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a statement this afternoon:

Since we were first informed of this situation early this morning, DHHS' Division of Public Health has been in close contact with Carolinas Healthcare System, the Local Health Department and the CDC.

The clinical care team and public health officials have reviewed the case in great detail and have determined that the patient's illness and epidemiologic information are NOT consistent with Ebola infection. Therefore, Ebola testing will not be performed. The patient is currently receiving treatment for another unrelated condition and does NOT represent a public health threat.

Wednesday evening, the Mecklenburg County Health Department told NBC Charlotte that preliminary testing indicates the patient has Malaria, not Ebola, as initially feared.

A health department spokes person says the public shouldn't fret; Malaria cannot be transmitted person-to-person, but rather is only communicable via mosquitoes. He continued that Mecklenburg County tends to see about a half-dozen cases of Malaria each year.


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