Lufkin hospital treats patient with flu-like symptoms who had traveled to Africa

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Medical staff at CHI-St. Luke's Memorial Hospital in Lufkin took precautions Sunday in treating a patient with flu-like symptoms who had traveled to Africa.

According to a statement from the hospital, there is no evidence to believe the patient has the Ebola virus.

The hospital released the following statement Sunday night:

"A patient presented to the CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Emergency Room Sunday evening with flu-like symptoms.  Since this patient had traveled to Africa, Memorial health care providers took a cautious approach and followed CDC procedures when treating the patient. However, it does not appear that this patient is at risk of having Ebola.  Due to health care regulations protecting the privacy rights of patients, we are not authorized to divulge further information concerning this patient, including his diagnosis and treatment.  Meanwhile, the Memorial Emergency Department is open and accepting patients."