BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Officials say a quarantine is in place at a Birmingham home over concerns about a possible case of the Ebola virus.
Jefferson County Medical Director Edward Khan 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 active Ebola cases, but he didn’t identify the country or name the patient.
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 the fire department requested help from officers Tuesday night to cordon off the residence. Officers are guarding the home.
Khan says the patient is being tested for Ebola, and results will be released Wednesday.
Last year, an epidemic of the deadly virus broke out, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Federal officials say there have been four confirmed cases in the U.S.