Patient showing possible Ebola symptoms isolated at Sacramento hospital

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 8:49am

A patient at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is being tested for Ebola.

The patient may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will take blood samples.

"In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," said Dr. Stephen Paroli, an infectious disease specialist, in the Kaiser news release. "This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists."

Hospital physicians and infectious disease experts are working with local and California public health agencies to monitor the case.

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