New Mexico woman, other patient in Calif. both being tested for Ebola virus

A New Mexico woman is being tested for the Ebola virus in Albuquerque after recently returning from Africa, according to state health officials.

And in Sacramento, Calif. hospital officials say a patient “who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus” is also in isolation as blood samples are tested to rule out the virus.

The 30-year-old woman is in isolation as a precaution at the University of New Mexico Hospital after experiencing symptoms similar to the virus that has killed more than 1,200 people overseas as of Tuesday, according to health officials.

The woman from Bernalillo County has had no known exposure to the disease but had been teaching in Sierra Leone, one of several African countries with known cases of Ebola, according to the state’s health department.

They said blood work was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta where it will be tested for the virus. They expect to have the results back by the end of the week.

“The Department of Health is working closely with UNM Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “UNM Hospital has isolated the patient, and is following the appropriate protocols to ensure other patients and health care workers are safe.”

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.