DENVER (CBS4) – A patient who was being monitored for Ebola at Denver Health Medical Center has tested negative for the virus, according to health officials.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced the test results Monday night and said the patient would remain hospitalized for further observation.
The patient, who is from Arvada and has been back in Colorado for more than a week, had recently returned from affected areas in Africa. The patient reported a fever that triggered the monitoring, per health department protocols.
The patient’s status was “low-risk,” said health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Denver Health and the Jefferson County Health Department.
“We are exercising extreme caution,” CDPHE said in a statement.
The patient was transported to Denver Health Medical Center early Monday morning in a specialized ambulance that had been removed from service until the testing was completed.
Denver Health officials said they were taking all precautions.
The patient is in their designated in-patient care unit, which is isolated from other areas of the hospital, and they are being cared for by specially trained staff.
Symptoms may appear anywhere between two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola.
The patient’s identity has not been released.
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