Australian nurse hospitalized, tested for Ebola

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QUEENSLAND, Australia — A 57-year-old Australian nurse is waiting to learn whether she has Ebola.

Sue Ellen Kovack spent a month in Sierre Leone working as a volunteer nurse with the Red Cross. She returned to Australia on Tuesday. Two days later she isolated herself after developing a low-grade fever. She has since been hospitalized and placed in isolation.

“We don’t know whether she has Ebola, but she has been exposed to people with the disease,” Dr. Jeannette Young said in a report by the Wall Street Journal. There is no concern for the community at all. She has been in her own home, isolated there.”

Kovack’s blood samples were flown to Brisbane for testing.

Another doctor in Brisbane was also in home isolation after returning from West Africa.

Currently, the CDC reports that Ebola has killed 3,865 people.

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