Calif. woman hospitalized after showing signs of Ebola
Officials describe decision for woman being monitored after returning from an epidemic country as "low risk situation and highly unlikely to be Ebola"
LOS ANGELES — A Santa Barbara County woman monitored for Ebola was being taken Sunday night to a Los Angeles area hospital as a "precautionary measure" after displaying signs of illness.
"While this is a low risk situation and highly unlikely to be Ebola... a decision was made to take all precautionary measures and transport the patient to the hospital for observation, close monitoring, testing and implementation of full infection control measures," the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department said in a news release.
The patient developed fever and signs of illness. She was part of the county health department's program that looks in on people who have returned from countries suffering from an Ebola epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control continues to monitor cases of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.