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Patient tested in California for Ebola

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

An unidentified patient in California is currently in isolation at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center while being tested for Ebola exposure.

"The patient is considered 'low-risk' and tests are being conducted out of 'an abundance of caution,' the California Department of Public Health said," reports CNN. "There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state, the agency said."

"Trained staff are using protective equipment, coordinated with infectious disease specialists, to provide care for the patient, said Dr. Stephen M. Parodi, director of hospital operations at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in a statement," CNN further reports.

Two Americans, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, are being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after becoming infected while working directly with Ebola patients in Liberia in July. 

"There is no FDA-approved treatment for Ebola, and Emory will use what isolation unit supervisor Dr. Bruce Ribner calls 'supportive care.' That means carefully tracking a patient's symptoms, vital signs and organ function and taking measures, such as blood transfusions and dialysis, to keep patients stable."

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.