UPDATE: Girls Test Negative for Ebola Virus


Two Columbus children are in isolation today at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after being tested for the Ebola virus.  They are negative for ebola, but both appear to be suffering from influenza type A.

The patients will be treated for influenza and monitored for progress.

The Columbus Health Department says the four-and six-year-old girls traveled to Sierra Leone three weeks ago with their mother.

Public Information Officer Jose Rodriquez said the children spiked a fever and were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The EMS staff who made the transport were wearing protective gear and are not considered to be at risk.  They remained under observation until the results from the children came back.

The Health Department says it is made aware of all people with travel history to west Africa and monitors those travelers twice a day for 21 days. The children have been monitored daily by Columbus Public Health for 17 days since their return from West Africa.


A CBS affiliate in Columbus is reporting on two possible cases of Ebola.  Two children, ages four and six, are being tested for the disease Sunday afternoon.

The children have recently traveled to West Africa.  Early Sunday morning, the children came down with a fever and were transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

The staff is not considered to be at risk.  Results of the tests should be available around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The Health Department monitors all people who travel to west Africa twice a day for 21 days. The girls have been monitored for 17 days since their return from Africa

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