Columbus patient tests negative for Ebola

Published: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 1:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 1:04 PM

WBNS-TV in Columbus reports that a person recently returned to Ohio from West Africa was tested for the deadly Ebola virus, but that test came back negative, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

An Ebola outbreak has left nearly 900 people dead in West Africa.

The virus can be transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.

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According to the CDC, symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

Also Tuesday morning, the second American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola in Africa arrived back in the U.S. 59-year-old Nancy Writebol arrived in a plane specially-equipped to contain infectious diseases. She will be treated in the same hospital isolation unit in Atlanta as Dr. Kent Brantly.
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