Hospital: Child remains in ‘stable’ condition, checked for Ebola virus

Child traveling from Japan admitted to University of Chicago Medical Center to rule out Ebola

A child with a fever has been admitted to University of Chicago Medical Center to be checked for the Ebola virus after being screened at O’Hare International Airport.

The patient remains in stable condition Friday evening, according to a statement from the hospital.

The child, whose age and gender was not released, was admitted Friday morning "for observation to rule out Ebola virus disease," the hospital said in an earlier statement. "Federal authorities identified the child as having a fever but no other symptoms of Ebola during screening at O’Hare.

"The patient has been isolated under strict quarantine protocols until the child’s condition improves and a diagnosis is established,” the statement said.

"No other information can be shared about the child due to patient privacy laws."

The hospital said there is "no threat to the public, our staff and our patients. Clinics and operating rooms at the medical center remain on their normal schedules."

The hospital said it was in contact with local and national public health officials, and said the next update would be Saturday morning.

Health officials say there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the Chicago area.

The University of Chicago Medical Center is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's designated Ebola treatment facilities.

The patient will be isolated under strict protocols until the child’s condition improves and a diagnosis is established.

There is no threat to the general public, hospital staff or patients. Clinics and operating rooms at the medical center remain on their normal schedules, the statement said.

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