A suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patient admitted to a Miami area hospital has tested negative for the lethal virus, according to Miami-Dade health officials.
The unidentified patient showed symptoms of the viral disease and was admitted to the Jackson Health System.
“Last week, a Jackson Health System patient tested negative for the Ebola virus. The patient had shown some symptoms associated with the disease and was tested in an abundance of caution. All of our community’s precautionary measures were taken, multiple agencies worked effectively in partnership, and we demonstrated that we are ready in the unlikely event that this disease is detected in Miami-Dade County. Out of respect for patient privacy, we are not providing any additional details.”
The testing was performed in Miami and now the sample is being tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for confirmation.
According to the CDC, symptoms of Ebola typically include a fever greater than 101.5 degrees, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and lack of appetite.