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Howard University Hospital in DC admits patient with Ebola-like symptoms

- A patient who recently traveled to Nigeria has been admitted to Howard University Hospital here with symptoms similar to Ebola virus infection.

In a statement, hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton said the patient is in stable condition after arriving overnight with "symptoms that could be associated with Ebola."

"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient," Hamilton said. "Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health."

The first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil remains hospitalized in Dallas after tests earlier this week confirmed he had the virus.

Thomas Eric Duncan is believed to have contracted the deadly virus after assisting a pregnant woman who had Ebola in his native Liberia, the west African nation where the disease is raging out of control.

Duncan flew to the U.S. before he showed symptoms of the disease during a visit with relatives in Dallas. Those relatives are now confined to their apartment under a court-ordered quarantine.

Ebola can only be transmitted by contact with bodily fluids from an infected person who is symptomatic.

Health officials in Dallas are contacting anyone who came in contact with Duncan or his relatives.

CDC director Tom Frieden will address the developing situation at Howard University in a media briefing this afternoon.

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