A patient being evaluated in the isolation unit of a Denver hospital tested negative for Ebola, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
The patient was transported to Denver Health at approximately 8:30 a.m. with Ebola considered as a potential diagnosis.
Ebola is a virus that causes severe bleeding and organ failure and can lead to death. It’s spread through saliva, touching a contaminated surface, animal and insect bites or blood products.
Connie Price, an infectious diseases physician and Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health, said earlier that it would not likely be a confirmed Ebola case after an initial review of the patients’ symptoms.
Price said in a press conference Sunday evening that the patient had reported being in an area of the Congo on a medical missionary trip but was in a location where the Ebola outbreak had recently been officially declared over, with no cases reported for at least 45 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
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SOURCE: USA Today; KUSA, Caitlin Hendee