The emergency room of a Monroe, LA hospital was temporarily closed on Sunday due to an ebola scare.
Authorities later reopened the Monroe Medical Center, which is part of the Oshsner LSU Health-Shreveport system.
The hospital said in a statement that it received a patient who exhibited influenza-like symptoms and recently reported a history of traveling to Africa.
“However, an appropriate travel history was obtained and although the patient had traveled outside the United States, they had not been to any areas of Africa where ebola occurs.
“We immediately notified the proper authorities, including the Louisiana Office of Public Health, and it was quickly determined that our protocols were effective and the risk for ebola was ruled out immediately.
“We commend our team for swiftly initiating our Ebola protocol, which includes screening and isolation of any patient suspected of having the disease.
“At this time, Monroe Medical Center does not have any suspected or confirmed cases of ebola,” the statement said.
Ebola is a rare hemorrhagic fever virus that creates blood clotting problems, which cause internal bleeding, inflammation and tissue damage. Fatality rates range from 25 to 90 percent, with the average fatality rate of 50 percent.
An ebola outbreak from 2014-2016 in three West African nations killed more than 11,000 people. A travel-related case in Dallas in October 2014 led to the death of the patient and infected two nurses, who recovered. Two Arkansas hospitals, including those in Magnolia and Lake Village, briefly diverted patients to other facilities for a few hours when emergency patients met protocols for possible ebola infection. Both patients were quickly discovered not to be suffering from the deadly virus.