Patient at Pennsylvania hospital doesn't have Ebola

Patient being tested at HUP for possible Ebola exposure

A patient was tested for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Feb. 6, according to NBC News.

"Preliminary testing indicates that the patient has another condition, which is likely the cause of their illness", the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania chief medical officer, Patrick Brennan, said in an emailed statement.

Preliminary testing indicated the patient has another condition, he noted.

They did not release the patient's name.

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The state Department of Health said Wednesday they'd been asked to consult on the case. Proper protocols and precautions will remain in place to ensure the safety of all of our patients and staff.

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 that African country's 10th outbreak and the world's second largest recorded.

Ebola is a rare deadly disease that mostly affects primates but can be contracted by humans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website.

It's unclear whether the patient had traveled to a place that is now experiencing an outbreak of the disease, like the Democratic Republic of Congo, or came into contact with someone who is infected. "People can get the virus through sexual contact as well".



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