Ebola case in Utah ‘highly unlikely,’ but hospitals testing preparedness systems



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SALT LAKE CITY — Doctors at Primary Children’s Hospital confirmed they are treating a patient with symptoms similar to Ebola, but stressed it is “highly unlikely” that it is the deadly virus.

At a news conference Thursday, doctors and public health officials said a patient was admitted to Primary Children’s on Wednesday and was being treated in isolation for symptoms similar to Ebola. However, hospital epidemiologist Dr. Andrew Pavia said it was “highly unlikely” that the patient had the virus.

“We don’t think that this is a case of Ebola,” he said. “This is extremely low risk, and therefore, would not treat it the same way we would one if the suspicion was higher.”

Primary Children’s Hospital said it made the announcement to get ahead of rumors circulating in the community that a child had been admitted to the hospital with Ebola. Dr. Pavia refused to release…

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