SANTA FE (KRQE) – There was a brief Ebola scare on Monday at a New Mexico hospital.
A patient was rushed to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon with symptoms similar to those of the deadly virus.
Hospital officials said the unnamed patient was placed into isolation as a safety precaution even though the patient did not meet the criteria for Ebola testing, according to the Department of Health. Health officials said that’s because of the person’s travel history.
KRQE News 13 asked Christus St. Vincent why they put a patient into quarantine if they would never be tested for Ebola. Minutes later, that person was released from isolation.
Hospital spokespeople will not say why the patient was isolated. They also have not said whether the patient was still hospitalized, citing patient confidentiality.
The hospital released the following statement:
“CHRISTUS St. Vincent was notified by EMS of a potential Ebola patient en route. The hospital immediately activated our Infectious Disease Protocol, and contacted the Department of Health. Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, the Department of Health informed us the patient did not meet the criteria for Ebola testing. However, the patient has been placed in isolation as a precaution, per procedure.”