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Update: Girl Taken to Bayhealth Kent General Does Not Have Ebola

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Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover. (Photo: WBOC) Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover. (Photo: WBOC)
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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Delaware Division of Public Health officials on Monday confirmed that a Kent County girl does not have Ebola.

The Liberian child was brought in to the emergency department of Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover on Saturday. The hospital put the child in isolation as a precautionary measure after staff did an initial assessment based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for identifying Ebola.

Health officials said when the girl arrived at he hospital, she had a low-grade fever, mild headache and mild abdominal pain. Those are very common symptoms for many diseases normal for this time of the year. Based on CDC guidelines, the girl was not tested for Ebola. 

"This individual did not meet any of the risk factors consider for Ebola virus other than the fact that she had been in western Africa," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The girl is past the incubation period for Ebola, as is her family.

"The child is doing well, is without symptoms and is expected to be released from the hospital very soon," Dr. Rattay said.

Dr. Rattay did not know specifically what disease the child did have. And she would not comment on a number of questions asked during a telephone news conference - including how the girl ended up in Kent County, how many people she'd been in contact with and why she hadn't yet been released from the hospital.

While officials remind people that Ebola is very difficult to catch, they do suspect there will be more situations similar to this in the future.


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