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tips-for-fighting-common-cold-mom-taking-childs-temperature-320Some Ebola Patients Never Show a Fever

We’ve repeatedly pointed out that testing for temperature is NOT a bullet-proof way to screen for Ebola.

The Los Angeles Times reported last week:

The largest study of the current outbreak found that in nearly 13% of “confirmed and probable” cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and elsewhere, those infected did not have fevers.

The study, sponsored by the World Health Organization and published online late last month by the New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed data on 3,343 confirmed and 667 probable cases of Ebola.


U.S. health officials have repeatedly emphasized that fever is a reliable sign of infectiousness. As a defense against the spread of the virus to this country, the Obama administration has ordered that passengers arriving from West Africa at five U.S. airports be checked for fever.