Patient at Pennsylvania hospital is being tested for Ebola

A patient in Pennsylvania is being tested for a possible Ebola virus infection, according to news reports.

According to Penn Medicine, "a patient who met screening criteria for Ebola testing is now being evaluated at HUP while tests to assess the patient's condition are completed".

Preliminary testing indicated the patient has another condition, he noted. "There is no risk to other patients or visitors".

The hospital did not release any further information about the identity of the patient or how they were possibly exposed to Ebola.

The doctor said staff has received extensive training on how to care for patients with Ebola after four cases were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2014.

Penn says they are following proper protocols and precautions to keep staffers and patients safe.

An Ebola outbreak was declared just over six months ago in the eastern part of Congo. The rare disease can spread through bodily fluids and is fatal when left untreated.

On Monday, an worldwide group of public health experts called on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to consider declaring the outbreak an global public health emergency.