(www.inewsguyana.com) – The Georgetown Public Hospital has confirmed that a female remains in voluntary isolation after she recently returned from a West African nation; however, the GPHC says she does not show any symptoms of the deadly disease.
It was noted that during the Physician’s interview, she reported some mild joint pains and was concerned about the chikungunya infection.
“The Ebola response team was immediately summoned and convened and she was placed immediately in isolation for investigation. She reported returning to Guyana, via Suriname, from a West African country where Ebola is NOT currently present. She has not had contact with anyone with sickness of any kind in the last 21 days. She has not had fever at any point, but had taken non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for joint pains the previous day. This medication could mask a fever of any origin.
“Out of an abundance of precaution,she was monitored by Senior Infectious Disease Specialists until enough time had passed for the medication to wear off. She remained free of fever and had no other symptoms. As such, she was discharged from isolation with any suspicion of Ebola Viral Disease discounted. She will be followed on a daily basis to ensure that fever or other symptoms do not develop.”
The GPHC noted that her exposure was very low-risk and she has NO signs or symptoms of infectious disease but she will be kept in voluntary isolation.
According to the hospital, there is no threat to her family or the community. A team has been assigned with monitoring her daily and this work has already commenced even in the first hours following her discharge.