A patient in Miami who was suspected of contracting Ebola has tested negative for the virus, a Florida hospital system said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct additional testing to confirm the result, a spokesman said on a conference call Monday, but the patient is considered to be a "low risk."
"Last week, a Jackson Health System patient tested negative for the Ebola virus," Matthew Pinzur, a spokesman for the health system said in a statement. "The patient had shown some symptoms associated with the disease and was tested in an abundance of caution. All of our community's precautionary measures were taken, multiple agencies worked effectively in partnership, and we demonstrated that we are ready in the unlikely event that this disease is detected in Miami-Dade County."
It was just the latest in a series of false alarms in the United States since the Ebola epidemic began to ravage several countries in West Africa. Possible Ebola patients who were tested in New York, California and New Mexico all tested negative for the deadly virus.
And the CDC has received requests for assistance with potential Ebola cases from at least 27 states over the summer, according to ABC News.
So far, there have been no Ebola cases confirmed in the United States, though two American doctors and a North Carolina missionary worker who were infected in Liberia have all returned home for treatment.
The first two infected Americans, missionary worker Nancy Writebol and Texas doctor Kent Brantly, were released from Emory University Hospital last month. The third,
Richard Sacra, a missionary doctor, arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha last week and is receiving treatment in the hospital's Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.