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Boone Ebola threat proves unfounded

Posted October 9, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014

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— Health officials said early Friday that a patient admitted to Watauga Medical Center for a possible Ebola infection does not have the disease.

The person, who had recently traveled to a foreign country and had a fever, was admitted to the hospital Thursday, officials said.

"After reviewing the case in great detail, the clinical care team and public health officials have determined that the patient's illness and epidemiologic information are not consistent with Ebola infection," officials said in a statement. "The patient is currently being evaluated for other unrelated conditions."

Officials said the patient was in stable condition and would be transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center based on their treatment needs.

The hospital is part of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, which began educating staff and putting protocols in place in August for dealing with Ebola.

Boone also is home to Samaritan's Purse, a missionary group that employs Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the first Americans to contract Ebola in West Africa. Brantly has since recovered from his infection.

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  • Doug Hanthorn Oct 10, 2014
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    YEah, make it about Obama. Stay classy!

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Oct 10, 2014

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    YAWN. Git your guns and go bunker down.

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Oct 10, 2014

    It can be contained people. Nigeria was vigilant when the ebola virus was in their country - nobody else in Nigeria has developed it since their concerted effort to quarantine and mobilize medical personnel.

  • KnowsItAll Oct 10, 2014

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    You've obviously never been outside the country. If you had, you might have noticed, upon your return, Customs and Immigration. They screen EVERYBODY.

    Turn off the TV. Read a book. Get out of the house every once in a while (wear sunglasses because if you haven't stepped outside for several months or years, the sun is bright). travel. learn.

    Scientific research has shown definitively that watching Fox News 24/7 kills more brain cells that a quart of grain alcohol. It will also make you vomit more than grain alcohol too.

  • MudLife Oct 10, 2014

    If you go to a country where there is Ebola you should NOT be allowed back into the US. If you decide to go then you go and don't re-enter. Keep it out of the US

  • Janet Scott Oct 10, 2014
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    sinenomine...yes, he lied when he entered the country. He chose to come here, knowing that he had been exposed, threatening the lives of his family and everyone else. What a guy!

  • archmaker Oct 10, 2014

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    I always knew those dang Canadians had Ebola!

  • Doug Hanthorn Oct 10, 2014
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    1.4 million? Hardly: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6303a1.htm?s_cid=su6303a1_w

  • Doug Hanthorn Oct 10, 2014
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    Uh, no it isn't....

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Oct 10, 2014

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    Too much Hannity and Limbaugh and you believe, you believe, you believe.

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