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Ebola rumors quickly squelched at Memorial

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Rumors swirled around Monday after reports circulated on social media that a possible Ebola patient arrived at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

Channel 3 spoke directly with Josh Ball, spokesman at Memorial Hospital, who shared that a patient arrived Monday at the hospital slightly dehydrated, and was considered to be likely suffering from the flu.

The facility responded cautiously and ruled out Ebola in short order. The patient, when asked, had not been in contact with anyone from Liberia, one of the areas most affected by the disease.

Ball said the hospital staff are trained to deal with infectious diseases on their own, and no calls were made to the CDC or local first responders.

Channel 3 has also confirmed that the hospital is operating under normal  activity and was not evacuated, which is another rumor circulating on social media.

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