RICHMOND — A Richmond hospital patient suspected of suffering from Ebola has tested negative for the virus, according to Donald Stern, director of the city health district.
Testing of the patient, who is visiting the United States from West Africa, is complete and test results will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stern said in a statement.
The patient, whose name was not disclosed, went to Crossover Healthcare Ministry on Monday for treatment of a condition unrelated to Ebola. Given the patient’s travel history and low-grade fever, Crossover isolated the patient and contacted the Richmond City Health District and the Virginia Department of Health.
“Following conversations with the Virginia Department of Health State Epidemiologist, and [then] with the CDC, it was determined that the patient did not satisfy all the clinical criteria for Ebola, yet due to the patient’s travel history and low-grade fever, it was determined reasonable to recommend further evaluation,” Stern said.
The patient was admitted to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and tested for the virus in coordination with the CDC.
Across the country in recent days, there have been many reports of suspected Ebola cases. So far, only two have proved positive, both in Dallas. Those involved Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and Nina Pham, a nurse who treated him there.
Holy Cross Germantown Hospital in Maryland treated a man this week for a case of suspected Ebola, but doctors ultimately concluded that he did not have the virus, WTOP radio reported.
Two Fridays ago, the director of the CDC said the agency had talked with hospitals about more than 100 people who were identified as possibly needing testing because they had Ebola-like symptoms. Of those, only about 15 people required actual testing.
Lena Sun contributed to this report.