Cypress Patient Is Being Monitored for Ebola

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Northwest Cypress Medical Center officials say they're monitoring a patient who is at "extremely low risk" of having the Ebola virus.

According to a statement the hospital provided to KTRK, local health officials are monitoring the patient, who recently traveled to West Africa, out of an abundance of caution in light of the country's first Ebola case landing in Dallas late last month (and, we're assuming, in light of the many bungles that quickly surfaced after all those government assurances that everything was under control).

Cypress has reportedly put the man in isolation. Here's the statement the hospital sent to KTRK late Monday:

"North Cypress Medical Center is treating a patient who has not been diagnosed with ebola. He is considered to be of extremely low risk to the ebola virus. Hospital personnel are taking all precautions as prescribed by the Harris County Health Department and the U.S. Center for Disease Control. The patient is in stable condition and is showing no signs of a fever. Admitted earlier today (October 6th), he has been isolated from other patients. We are working closely with local health and CDC officials who will determine all the steps we need to take to ensure the patient's recovery and the community's safety."

Also on Monday, Gov. Rick Perry announced he's creating a Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response because of Ebola's arrival in Texas. "Over the past several days we have learned a lot about the unique challenges of situations like this, and it's important that we continue to adapt our response to these realities," Perry said in a statement.

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