A woman who had traveled to West Africa has been hospitalized in Portland, Oregon, after she developed a high temperature while monitoring herself for signs of Ebola, according to reports.
Officials have not named or given out any information about the woman, citing privacy concerns. The Oregonian reports that an unnamed source told the paper that the woman arrived in Portland on Tuesday from Libera. She is now in isolation in Providence Milwaukie Hospital, where she is being tested for the disease that has killed almost 5,000 people in West Africa.
The woman had been part of a voluntary quarantine program for travelers returning from high-risk Ebola zones, and had been monitoring her temperature twice a day. She reported to officials that she had a fever of 102 on Friday, and was taken to hospital, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Health officials quoted by KPTV in Oregon said that testing of the woman for Ebola is being carried out by a laboratory and will be sent to the CDC who will have to confirm the results. The timeline for the results is unknown and officials said: “It will take time for them to run and confirm the tests.”
Officials reportedly also said that people who had been living with the woman are now in voluntary quarantine, and stressed that there was no risk to the public, according to a local Fox affiliate.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said the state has protocols in place for situations like this, according to NBC News.
"State and local public health officials are monitoring the situation and keeping me informed. Local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, and first responders have been working together to ensure the state is prepared," he said. "We will keep Oregonians informed as we know more."
This is a developing story – check back for further updates.