A Liberian passenger who exhibited Ebola symptoms in New Jersey and was cleared may still have the disease, Gotnews.com has learned.
Christie announces Ebola joint response team; Newark airport traveler not infected – http://t.co/3xl961xwud
— Melissa Hayes (@MelissaMHayes) October 22, 2014
The unnamed Liberian patient was cleared for release after a polymerase chain release (PCR) test came up negative. But according to an article in LiveScience.com which quoted Dr. Sandro Cinti, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Michigan Hospital System/Ann Arbor VA Health System, the PCR test can be negative during the first three days an infected person has symptoms.
This isn’t the first time a false negative has happened with the Ebola test. Dr. Kent Brantly initially fell ill on July 23rd but tested negative at the time. Only later did he get sicker and have to be hospitalized.
There are also serious problems with testing for the virus.
Ebola Tests Ususally False Negative Because Fever After Contagion Only Appears in Blood After Massive Build Up http://t.co/hqfcNk2zj1
— mathewsjw (@mathewsjw) October 21, 2014
If Liberian had symptoms, the patient should be kept in isolation for several days to make sure test stays negative. The patient, instead, is to be “interviewed” by CDC, who will decide.
if Liberian is released, will he be monitored? Is he cleared to fly? If still restricted, CDC suspects it may turn positive.