Ebola: Hospital on alert

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KOB) Health officials continue to monitor a New Mexico woman showing symptoms similar to the Ebola virus.

The woman was traveling in the West African nation of Sierra Leone at the beginning of the month.

She then returned to Albuquerque and soon after began to develop symptoms on Friday. She was admitted to University of New Mexico Hospital on Saturday.

The patient is currently undergoing a series of tests and remains in isolation at the hospital; blood samples will go to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Health officials say this is not a highly probable case of the virus, but because of the symptoms, and her recent return from West Africa, there’s no room for guesses.

“Because she does have some of these generalized signs and symptoms, we want to be unduly cautious,” said New Mexico Department of Health deputy epidemiologist Joan Baumbach. “I honestly believe that the public is not at risk — that we’re taking every precaution necessary and anything we learn of any concern to the public, we will be relaying immediately.”

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