Concerns that a woman who recently traveled to Africa was infected with the Ebola virus were dismissed after more than 30 firefighters and a hazmat team were dispatched to a Hollywood home.
Firefighters took special precautions in responding to the 5900 block of Barton Avenue near Gower Street at around 9:15 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.
The patient was taken to a hospital in serious condition, Scott said. Her illness was not immediately disclosed.
A total of 33 firefighters responded to reports of the incident. Firefighters initially took extra measures due to official protocols on dealing with Ebola patients, Scott said.
The patient was reportedly a woman who had just returned from Gabon. A physician reviewing the woman’s symptoms with firefighters said it was “extremely unlikely” that the woman had contracted Ebola.
Los Angeles police officers were called to the scene to provide crowd control.