Officials: Alabama home quarantined over possible Ebola case
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Officials say a quarantine is in place at a Birmingham home over a possible Ebola case.
Edward Khan of the Jefferson County Health Department says the patient is being treated at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital after developing symptoms and notifying authorities.
Khan says the patient recently traveled to a country with Ebola cases, but he didn't identify the country or name the patient. Khan says the patient didn't have direct contact with anyone known to have Ebola and is considered "low risk" for the disease. He says the patient is being tested and results will be released Wednesday.
Police say two family members of the patient have been asked to stay inside their home on Birmingham's southwest side. Lt. Joe Roberts says home is cordoned off and officers are guarding it.
Last year, an epidemic of the deadly virus broke out in West Africa. Federal officials say there've been four confirmed cases diagnosed in the U.S.
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