A patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms tested negative for the virus, authorities confirmed this morning.
Six Birmingham Fire and Rescue firefighters quarantined overnight have also been released after the test results, Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis said this morning. The patient has been diagnosed with malaria after two tests, Mardis said.
“The individual under evaluation has no known exposures to Ebola and has been assessed to be at low, but not zero, risk of Ebola. The patient is improving and has evidence of an illness other than Ebola that can account for symptoms,” the Alabama Department of Public Health announced today.
“An average of eight individuals are monitored for Ebola each month; 109 people have completed 21-day monitoring for Ebola, and four are currently being tracked in Alabama,” the ADPH statement read. “While this person is no longer currently under investigation for Ebola, public health will continue to monitor until the 21-day period is over.”
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