A patient that recently returned from a medical missionary trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has tested negative for Ebola, according to officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment via Denver Health.
Denver Health posted on Twitter yesterday that a patient was being transported to the hospital with Ebola being considered a potential but unlikely diagnosis Sunday morning.
The patient was put in the bio containment isolation unit out of an abundance of caution. Denver Health is one of 10 regional hospitals designated by the CDC to care for Ebola patients.
On Sunday, infectious diseases physician and Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health said, “From an initial review of the situation and the symptoms presented by the patient, it is unlikely that this will be confirmed as an Ebola case. We are, however, following our standard procedures and taking every necessary precaution.”
Doctors said the patient had been improving. They suspected his symptoms could be a variety of illnesses.
Last week, the World Health Organization and the Health Ministry of the DRC declared an end to the 9th Ebola outbreak in the country since 1976.
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