Patient at Sacramento Hospital Tested Negative for Ebola

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SACRAMENTO, CA - A patient at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center tested negative for the Ebola virus, health officials said Thursday night.

"We are pleased with the negative outcome of the Ebola test and wish the patient a speedy recovery," California Department of Public Health Director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman said. "The case in Sacramento County demonstrates that the system is working. This patient was quickly identified, appropriate infection control procedures were implemented, and public health authorities were notified."

The announcement was made during a news conference at the medical center after 8 p.m

The patient was admitted into the hospital and placed in isolation on
Tuesday. Blood samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be tested for the Ebola virus. On Wednesday, health officials said the patient was at low risk for the virus and had recently traveled to a West African country. They did not comment on what symptoms the patient had that raised enough concern to be tested for the deadly virus.

According to CDC, symptoms of the often fatal illness are fever, severe
headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and lack of appetite. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to ebola virus, although eight to 10 days is most common. Ebola can only be spread after symptoms appear.