Ebola has been ruled out for Watauga Medical Center patient


The Appalachian Online

Nicole Caporaso

Officials have ruled out Ebola for a patient admitted to Watauga Medical Center on Thursday, who was being monitored for the disease earlier in the day.

According to a press release from the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System at apprhs.org, a combined effort from the Appalachian District Health Department, the NC DHHS Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control assessed the patient who is now being evaluated for other, unrelated conditions.

The release stated the patient is in stable condition and is being transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

According to wral.com, the reasons for the initial question of Ebola stems from the patient having a fever and also having recently traveled to a foreign country, although it is not mentioned which country.

A press release earlier in the day from the ARHS stated the system has staff members who are educated on the signs and symptoms consistent with Ebola.

Story: Nicole Caporaso, Senior News Reporter