Preliminary test of patient in roped off area of NC hospital shows malaria, not Ebola
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Preliminary tests on a patient admitted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Tuesday night who traveled from Africa indicated malaria, according to Mecklenburg County Health Department officials.
The Health Department is waiting for final test results from CMC.
Malaria is a non-transmittable disease.
A corridor of CMC’s Emergency Room was roped off on the first floor, near the entrance earlier Wednesday.
Officials determined the patient did not have Ebola. The patient has been sent home.
This scare comes after news of a Charlotte missionary, Nancy Writebol, who tested positive for Ebola this weekend. Nancy and her husband, David, have been doing missionary work in Liberia for the past year.
Officials say there are no cases of Ebola in the United States
Earlier in the day, a CMC spokesperson released the following statement around noon Wednesday:
“Late last evening, a patient arrived at Carolinas Medical Center Emergency Department after visiting a country known for high risk of infectious diseases. We took all appropriate infection control measures to protect patients, staff, and visitors. After consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and NC Department of Health and Human Services, it appears the risk for communicable disease is low. No further testing is needed and the patient will be sent home. The Emergency Department at Carolinas Medical Center remains open and operating normally.”