CDC: Preliminary Ebola Test of Pennsylvania Patient Was Negative

Alicia Farmer
February 7, 2019

"In an abundance of caution, a patient who met screening criteria for Ebola testing is now being evaluated at HUP while tests to assess the patient's condition are completed", Penn Medicine's chief medical officer Dr. Patrick J. Brennan said.

An unidentified patient who was kept in isolation at a Philadelphia hospital while being tested for Ebola has been confirmed as not infected with the deadly virus, a hospital spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Preliminary testing indicates that the patient has another condition, which is likely the cause of their illness", Brennan said.

Officials say the testing is being done "in an abundance of caution" because the patient met screening criteria for Ebola.

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Penn says they are following proper protocols and precautions to keep staffers and patients safe.

The hospital did not give more information about the patient or the circumstances for their treatment, but said testing is required when symptoms "suggest a serious disease, particularly involving patients who have traveled overseas".

According to the ministry of health, there's now an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has resulted in over 300 people deaths. It's that African country's 10th outbreak and the world's second largest recorded. The rare disease can spread through bodily fluids and is fatal when left untreated.

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