Duke Patient Who's Tested Negative For Ebola So Far Poses No Health Risk

Nov 3, 2014

String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph.
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State health officials say a patient at Duke University Hospital who so far has tested negative for the Ebola virus has posed no risk to the general public.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and others held a call-in news conference Monday afternoon to talk about the patient, who arrived in the U.S. from Liberia on Saturday.

The patient, who remains anonymous, is currently in an isolation ward at Duke, after reporting a fever while traveling by bus to North Carolina from New Jersey.

Officials announced this morning that the patient's first blood test was negative for the virus. Health officials said that means he or she couldn't have been contagious while on the bus.

The patient, who no longer has a fever, will undergo another test on Wednesday morning. Doctors say he or she has no other symptoms consistent with Ebola.