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CMC Patient Shows Signs Of Malaria After Hospital Closes Entrance

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Mecklenburg County Health Department Director says preliminary tests on a Carolinas Medical Center patient shows signs of malaria after the hospital closed down it's main entrance to the emergency room.

Doctors say after the patient told staff he recently traveled to Africa, they didn’t want to take any chances. They closed down the corridor from 3 a.m. to about 10 a.m. and kept this patient isolated.

It’s not every day that the emergency room undergoes an emergency itself

But by Wednesday, all corridors at CMC were back open after doctors closed it overnight.

“There are a variety of infectious diseases where traveling to certain parts of the world trigger us to look deeper. So anything that is transferable and we have little treatment for and is highly transmissible, similar precautions may go into place if we had a patient with MERS, exposure to a bioterrorism agent. Any of those would trigger a similar precaution,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, with the Carolinas Medical Center.

Doctors say the patient’s symptoms did not match with Ebola – so he wasn’t tested for that.

They say Ebola can typically only be contracted through bodily fluids.

Because of HIPPA regulations, doctors couldn’t comment if the patient was tested for other diseases like malaria, but say all necessary steps were taken to make sure the patient didn’t pose a threat.

“The patient was still at risk that could hurt others or staff if it were transmitted so the same things would have happened regardless,” said Katie Passaretti.

CMC contacted the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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.  

Doctors say earlier Thursday evening, the patient was discharged.

CMC is back open and operating normally after shutting down part of its ER corridor for about 7 hours.

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