Man in New Orleans region monitored for signs of Ebola

Published: Oct. 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM CDT
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State health officials are monitoring a man in the New Orleans region for signs of the Ebola virus.

The individual is at "low risk," according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital.

"We are monitoring him in the same manner as the individual in the Capital Region with temperature and symptom checks, until the 21-day period is over out of an abundance of caution," a spokesperson with DHH said.

The state was notified by the Centers for Disease Control that the individual was returning from an Ebola-affected country, but had no history of exposure.

"Twice a day someone from the department of health with check to make sure he's at home and checks the temperature remotely," said Dr. Raoult Ratard with the state health department. "As long as he's showing no symptoms, he's not contagious."

The DHH would not say what part of the New Orleans region the man is from, just that he is being monitored at his house.

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