BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE AUG. 5th 9:20 AM CDT:Birmingham Fire’s Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis has confirmed with WIAT 42 that everyone involved has been clear. That includes the 6 firefighters, 2 people at the home located on 17th Street SW, and the patient at UAB. He says all the tests came back negative. Mardis says he believes the patient has Malaria.
UPDATE AUG. 4, 2015 10:40 PM CDT : Reportedly, two family members of the UAB patient who displayed possible “Ebola-like symptoms” Tuesday are in isolation.
The patient had been under monitoring after recently vising an African country with active Ebola cases according to Jefferson County Medical Director of Disease Control Dr. Ed Kahn. Tuesday, the patient called emergency responders to report “Ebola-like symptoms.”
The six firefighters that responded to the call have been isolated and undergone decontamination. The firefighters were tested at UAB and are now in quarantine at the fire station.
Reporter Parrish Alleman was tweeting from the house where firefighters responded after the patient reported possible “Ebola-like symptoms”:
The three countries with active Ebola cases are Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
UPDATE AUG. 4, 2015 9:51 PM CDT: WIAT live streamed a press conference outside of UAB held by Jefferson County Medical Director of Disease Control Dr. Ed Kahn.
You can view the full video of the press conference in the video at the top of this page.
At the conference, Kahn said that the patient transported to UAB has recently been to an African country with active Ebola cases.
Kahn said that the patient had been monitored after returning, then called Tuesday to report symptoms similar to Ebola. Kahn said the patient is at low-risk for Ebola, as they had no contact with any cases of Ebola.
Kahn said a number of tests for Ebola and travel-related diseases are ongoing. Kahn said the Ebola test will be back Wednesday
Birmingham Police Lt. Joe Roberts released the following statement:
The Birmingham Police Department reports that Birmingham Fire and Rescue requested assistance in quarantining a residence at 1612 17th Street S.W. Currently the block has been closed to any traffic. There appears to be no danger to the public.
The quarantine resulted from a possible EBOLA patient at U.A.B. hospital. The EMA and CDC have been advised of the situation.
This is an ongoing situation and any updates will be forwarded as they develop. If there are any questions regarding the patient or UAB Hospital, please contact them directly.
UPDATE AUG. 4, 2015 9:15 PM CDT: Birmingham Police Lt. Joe Roberts said according to the Birmingham Fire Department, a patient exhibiting “Ebola-like symptoms” was transported to UAB.
ORIGINAL: The area surrounding the UAB emergency room has been taped off.
A decontamination unit was reportedly dispatched to the scene.