According to a press release, doctors with the Mobile County Health Department Tuesday afternoon evaluated a patient who reported having gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient also reported having been in contact with people who traveled from the Republic of Congo more than 45 days ago.
Because of the patient’s reported symptoms and other factors, health officials decided the individual should be further evaluated by infectious disease specialists at an area hospital.
A spokesperson for the University of South Alabama later confirmed the patient had been admitted, but “did not meet the Centers for Disease Control screening criteria, and there is no risk for Ebola.”
“I commend our fire rescue and emergency workers for their response,” said Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for Mobile County.
Because of federal privacy laws, no other information can be provided about the patient.