Child treated at Delaware hospital for possible Ebola

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 8, 2014

A young child from African nation of Liberia was being held in isolation at a hospital in Dover, Delaware for suspicion of a possible Ebola infection, according to a report in the Times Herald of Norristown, Pennsylvania.

According to a press release quoted in the paper’s report, the child was admitted to the emergency department at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with symptoms on October 4. After an initial assessment from the ED staff, the child was moved to an isolation room, and followed CDC protocols for caring for a person suspected of having the virus.

The report also stated that the child was past the 21-day maximum incubation period and it had been determined by the CDC that the likelihood of Ebola infection was extremely low, and that the CDC declined to test the child. Still, the child was being monitored and was reported to be symptom-free, the report added.