Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said it has put Ebola protocols into place for a patient complaining of Ebola-like symptoms, the Boston Globe reported. The patient was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Sunday from Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Harvard Vanguard issued a statement saying the patient, who said he recently had been to Liberia, complained of headache and muscle aches. The urgent care office closed its facility briefly and is working with the state Department of Public Health. Harvard Vanguard was cleared to reopen Monday but will operate on holiday hours.
“Out of an abundance of caution we immediately notified authorities and the patient was securely removed from the building and put into an ambulance now headed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center," Dr. Ben Kruskal, chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard, told the Boston Herald.
Tests were underway to determine whether the patient was suffering from Ebola. The incident came as a nurse who cared for the Ebola patientwho died in Dallas was confirmed as suffering from the disease.