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Guilford, Alamance monitoring 7 for possible Ebola symptoms

Posted November 5, 2014

— Health officials in both Alamance and Guilford counties said Wednesday that they are monitoring seven people who recently traveled to West Africa for possible symptoms of Ebola.

Officials said the individuals are not exhibiting symptoms, had no known contact with any Ebola patients and did not work in a health care facility. Their genders, ages, names, locations and specific places of travel were not released.

"This is active monitoring, and the individuals' only risk is that they traveled from an affected country," Alamance County Health Department director Stacie R. Turpin Saunders said in a statement about five people her county is monitoring.

Guilford County's medical director, Laura Bachmann, echoed similar statements to WFMY-TV in Greensboro, saying they are keeping a close eye on two people to make sure nothing changes.

Saunders and Bachmann both said the individuals are complying with procedures their departments have put in place, including temperature-taking and communication with nurses

Anyone who develops symptoms will be taken to an isolation unit at a hospital, Saunders and Bachmann said.

Meanwhile Wednesday, state health officials were awaiting the results of a second test on a Duke University Hospital patient being monitored for the virus.

The individual, who had traveled from Liberia to visit family in Person County, developed a fever Sunday night and has been in quarantine at the hospital since then.

An initial test on Monday showed he or she had no sign of the virus, but because of how it develops, a second test is required.

Dr. Megan Davies, state epidemiologist with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says a negative result would mean the quarantine would be lifted for the patient as well as three family members in Timberlake.

"The only remaining public health action in this situation is continuing the routine monitoring for a traveler from that area to complete the 21 days (the period in which symptoms can appear after possible exposure)."


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  • bubbaOK Nov 6, 2014

    It's like a pregnancy, either you got it or not. Don't make it a semantics problem pls. Possible?

  • Doug Hanthorn Nov 6, 2014
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    I think if the poster would have used some punctuation, perhaps we could have figured the grammar out. Sigh. It's the internet. You don't have to pay for anything because everything is free. You don't have to use good grammar, spelling or punctuation because the internet is open to everyone and not everyone even knows what grammar, spelling and punctuation are. On the internet, expecting the most basic of communication skills of anyone qualifies you for membership in the Grammar Police. Sigh.

  • Doug Hanthorn Nov 6, 2014
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    Actually, Obama does care that the majority of Americans want to be protected from this awful disease. That is why he is listening to the EXPERTS who can advise him on the best way to protect the American people from this awful disease. What Obama isn't doing is letting the woefully ignorant masses of fearful Americans dictate policy that would result in more danger to America and the rest of the world.

  • Doug Hanthorn Nov 6, 2014
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    I'll bet Guilford and Alamance officials feel really important and special to be protecting their citizens from the dread ebola like this. I can spell ebola. They should quarantine me. I might get it from the internet.

    And Kingfish, where are you going to put these people that you want kept in Africa for 21 days? Is the US going to force African countries to quarantine every person who wishes to leave their country? And what if they do show symptoms? Would YOU want to be treated in an African country or in one of the hospitals in the US who is equipped to do so? So far, only one person with ebola in the US has died, and it is questionable if he would have died if the hospital would have admitted and treated him when he first showed up. There is no doubt ebola has a MUCH higher survival rate if it can be treated by modern medicine. The only ebola transmission that has occurred in the US occurred before everyone got their act together on how to handle it.

  • Todd Singleton Nov 5, 2014
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    They better have it. Or WRAL better have a good reason for fear mongering.

  • Kingfish Nov 5, 2014

    Why are people who have been in Africa allowed to come back to the US prior to the 21 day period? Wouldn't it make sense to keep them away from the country until there's no chance of infecting people in this country? Seems like it would be easier to fight it if it never left Africa in the first place. At least you would know where to start the fight!

  • Kenny Dunn Nov 5, 2014
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    Not to mention travel from Dallas, NYC, Atlanta, DC, Maine and Alamance County.

  • Wayne Pearce Nov 5, 2014
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    I understood the post well.

  • icdmbpppl Nov 5, 2014

    Why do we continue to allow travel to and from West Africa? Obama doesn't care that the majority of Americans want to be protected from this awful disease.

  • Pepe Silvia Nov 5, 2014

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    Visiting family perhaps?