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Ebola test negative for Seattle patient

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A patient in Seattle has tested negative for Ebola. A patient in Seattle has tested negative for Ebola.
SEATTLE -

King County health officials say initial tests run on a man who recently returned from Mali in West Africa, a country with a small number of Ebola cases, have come back negative.

The man had developed a slight fever yesterday and a sore throat, but none of the other typical Ebola symptoms. He was evaluated at Harborview Medical Center on Saturday afternoon. He is considered to be at low risk for Ebola, but tests were conducted as a precaution.

Additional tests are being conducted for other infections that could be causing his symptoms. If indicated, a second test to conclusively rule out Ebola will be done on Monday.

“The public health systems that detect signs of possible Ebola worked well and we were able to evaluate this individual at the earliest stages of illness,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease and Epidemiology at Public Health – Seattle & King County in a news release. 

“We expect that additional persons we are monitoring will develop fevers over the coming weeks and months, and the most likely cause will be infections other than Ebola. We may or may not get an actual case of Ebola in King County, but the rapid coordination with Harborview Medical Center and the Washington State Department of Health showed that our months of preparation have been effective.”


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