Patient Treated for Ebola-Like Symptoms in Washington

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A patient is currently being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at Howard University Hospital, in Washington.

"We can confirm that a patient ​has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola," University spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton wrote in an email.

"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection-control protocols, including isolating the patient. Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health," Hamilton wrote.

Based on reported cases, Nigeria has largely controlled the spread of Ebola; only 20 cases have been reported in Africa's most populous country.

Early Ebola symptoms are fever, headache, and fatigue, which are also symptoms of common illnesses like the flu. There have been several false alarms sounded so far.

The announcement follows the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. earlier this week. That patient came from Liberia and is currently in serious but stable condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

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