A child is under observation for Ebola infection at the University of Chicago Medical Center after presenting with a fever during screening at the city's O'Hare International Airport.
The child has no other symptoms, hospital officials said in a statement, but will be isolated until his or her condition improves and a diagnosis is established. The patient, whose age and gender has not been released, was in stable condition Friday morning.
The child's country of origin has not been publicly specified. Travelers from four Ebola-affected nations—Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali—are required to undergo additional screening for Ebola symptoms, including body temperature checks and an interview regarding past activity, when entering the U.S. Hospital officials declined to release any additional information, citing patient privacy laws.
Chicago has had no confirmed cases of Ebola to date, though two people had been monitored for possible signs of the virus at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center in October.
The University of Chicago Medical Center is one of the Ebola treatment facilities designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is one of the four hospitals that are a part of the city's Ebola Resource Network.
Nine patients have been treated in the U.S. for confirmed diagnoses of Ebola; four were diagnosed in American hospitals.
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