A person in Massachusetts has been admitted to a Boston hospital on Sunday after complaining of Ebola-like symptoms, Reuters reports.
The patient originally visited the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates hospital in Braintree after experiencing muscle aches and a headache, physician and chief of infectious disease Ben Kruskal confirmed.
Emergency responders implemented an Ebola protocol upon responding to the hospital's call, said William Cash of the Braintree Fire Department, who also confirmed that the patient is a man.
Kruskal said the patient was securely removed from the facility, and was sent to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston "out of an abundance of caution."
The symptoms are not yet confirmed as an Ebola diagnosis.
The incident comes hours after a female health worker in Texas became the first known case of a person to contract Ebola in the United States. Authorities say she wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield, while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who had Ebola and died on October 8.
Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, said the diagnosis shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol and all those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan are now considered potentially exposed.
A legislative panel wants to find out if Massachusetts is ready to deal with Ebola.
The public health committee has scheduled an oversight hearing for Thursday to review response plans by the state should any cases be reported and confirmed in Massachusetts.
State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Boston and Sen. John Keenan of Quincy co-chair the committee. They’ve invited several experts to testify at the hearing, including Dr. Michael VanRooyen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health, and UMass Memorial Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon.
Gov. Deval Patrick said last week there have been no cases of Ebola in Massachusetts and the likelihood of the disease reaching the state was low. But he added the state’s health care system was gearing up, just in case.