Fayette Health Officials: Two Potential Ebola Cases Tested Negative
While the first case of Ebola in the U.S. has the attention of Texas officials, health workers across the country have been on the lookout for months.
And Fayette County is no exception.
Health commissioner Dr. Rice Leach says in the past five months two local patients who had traveled to or from Liberia were isolated with Ebola-like symptoms, but tests came back negative for the virus. He says the proper protocols were followed.
"The people in Lexington and this area can be confident that the system has worked as it should each time that it has happened and that is a really good sign going forward," he says.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released detailed guidelines on how to handle possible Ebola cases to the country’s health care providers in August.
Currently about 100 people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms in Texas after an infection was discovered there earlier this week.