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Friday, March 11, 2016
Emory University Hospital expects patient with suspected Lassa fever for admission to isolation unit
Emory University Hospital's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) expects to receive a patient who may have Lassa fever. The patient's diagnosis is not yet confirmed. Emory will work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with the Georgia Department of Public Health in diagnosing the patient. Arrival time is not yet confirmed, however, the patient is expected to arrive via air transport this weekend.

The patient, who due to confidentiality regulations cannot be identified, is an American physician assistant working for a missionary organization in Togo, West Africa. Emory was contacted by the U.S. State Department and asked to accept the patient in its SCDU, an isolation unit within the hospital in which four patients with Ebola virus disease were successfully treated in 2014.

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