Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. has admitted a patient with possible symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus “in an abundance of caution,” it said in a statement on Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The patient, who had recently traveled to Nigeria, is in stable condition and is being treated in isolation, a hospital spokeswoman said, adding that she could not provide additional details about the case because of patient privacy.
U.S. health officials have expressed confidence that they could prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States after the first case, a man in Dallas, was diagnosed there this week. The virus has killed more than 3,300 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.
Health officials said on Friday that after conversations with 100 people who might have been exposed to the Ebola patient in Texas, about 50 are now being observed daily for symptoms of the deadly virus.
(This begs the question: Why can’t we cut off travel to Africa?! Protect the U.S. at the borders and at the airports.)