Patient at Pennsylvania hospital doesn’t have Ebola

A healthcare worker from the World Health Organization prepares to give an Ebola vaccination

An unidentified patient was being tested on Wednesday at a Philadelphia hospital for possibly having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, a hospital official said.

Penn medicine's chief medical officer says it's all out of an abundance of caution after the patient met screening criteria.

P.J. Brennan, MD, Penn Medicine's CMO, said preliminary testing found the patient has another condition.

"Proper protocols and precautions will remain in place to ensure the safety of all of our patients and staff", Brennan said.

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"Clinical teams at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania have received extensive training and conduct ongoing preparations for the possibility of caring for a patient with the Ebola virus since the appearance of the virus in the United States in 2014", Brennan said. Preliminary testing indicates that the patient has another condition.

It's unclear if the patient came in contact with someone who has the disease.

The latest WHO External Situation Report provides up-to-date details on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a total of 785 cases reported from 18 health zones in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri as of 3 February 2019. It's thet 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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