After Arlington fire officials transported a patient to the hospital from a Clarendon apartment building using their Ebola protocols, the county confirmed that the patient does not in fact have the deadly disease.
Lt. Sarah-Maria Marchegiani said the patient had traveled recently to an Ebola-affected country and exhibited symptoms consistent with the disease, so medics wearing protective clothing removed the person from the apartment at 1128 North Irving St. on Thursday morning and notified Virginia Hospital Center to prepare for a possible Ebola patient. Marchegiani said, though, that the steps were taken out of an abundance of caution.
“While it’s unlikely that this is an Ebola case, the fire department and public health department and receiving hospital are taking all the precautions,” Marchegiani said.
By Thursday evening, the patient had been discharged from the hospital, the county said in an e-mail. Although the patient had a fever, his or her condition did not indicate Ebola, and he or she had not been in contact with any Ebola patients, the e-mail said.
The county will continue to monitor the person for the 21-day period in which he or she could display symptoms of Ebola, just as it monitors others who have traveled to Ebola-hit countries, the e-mail said.
Julie Zauzmer contributed to this story.