The patient who was transported to Duke University Hospital on November 2 with a reported fever and a travel history to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a confirmatory lab test. As a result, the patient is considered to be free of the virus. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) notified Duke of these results this evening which support the findings of the preliminary test conducted on November 3 that was negative for the virus.
With the possibility of current Ebola infection ruled out, the patient will be discharged and will begin an ongoing surveillance plan with NCDHHS through the remainder of the 21 days since traveling from West Africa.
While this experience is now behind us, it is important that we remain vigilant in screening patients at all of our intake points and continue refining preparedness efforts in our hospitals and clinics. Ebola continues to be a growing global healthcare challenge that demands our diligence.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team of administrators, physicians, nurses and staff at Duke University Hospital who quickly mobilized our comprehensive Ebola response plan, as well as the countless individuals who contributed to the extensive planning and preparation over the last several months that enabled our successful response to this situation. We’d also like to thank the nursing staff who did a beautiful job of communicating with our other patients, and their families, and reassuring them of our preparedness for this kind of case.
We have learned many lessons from this experience that will help ensure we are even better prepared should another similar patient require our care. If you have any questions or suggestions related to the events of this week, please utilize the information and contact features on Duke’s Ebola resources website.
The handling of this situation is yet another example of our outstanding team’s ability to rise to meet new challenges and live out our core value of “Caring for Our Patients, Their Loved Ones and Each Other.”