American Man Who Visited Nigeria And Arrived US With Ebola-Like Symptoms, Has Been Diagnosed With Malaria
Although Nigeria was officially declared Ebola free in October 2014 – a New Jersey man sparked Ebola fears after he returned home to the US following a recent visit to Nigeria.
The man was experiencing symptoms commonly associated with the deadly Ebola virus – which prompted someone to immediately call 911.
Medics took the man from his car and rushed him to Monmouth Medical Center, where a series of tests were conducted.
Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson said, through a spokesperson, that the 66-year-old man who was taken to the hospital with high fever and vomiting does not have Ebola.
Lawson said the man had returned from Nigeria, which is not one of the African countries still combating Ebola.
Malaria, unlike Ebola, is not communicable, Lawson said.
“The public should not worry, and we’re praying that the gentleman has a speedy and complete recovery,” said Lawson.
According to The Lakewood Scoop website, the public became panicked when the man was hospitalized after vomiting.
The website reported that a police officer who had contact with the man was in the Coventry Square housing complex on an unrelated call when the Ebola-like symptoms were discovered, prompting police to shut down the entire area.
The patient has been admitted to Monmouth Medical Center’s southern campus in Lakewood to begin treatment for Malaria.