CDC: Preliminary Ebola Test of Pennsylvania Patient Was Negative

An unidentified patient was being tested on Wednesday at a Philadelphia hospital for possibly having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, a hospital official said. In an abundance of caution, 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.

"In an abundance of caution, 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", Penn Medicine's chief medical officer Dr. Patrick J. Brennan said.

P.J. Brennan, MD, Penn Medicine's CMO, said preliminary testing found the patient has another condition.

It is not yet known if the patient had traveled to a location in which the disease is present or otherwise.

HUP said there is no risk to other patients or visitors but they are taking precautions in any case.

The hospital had said it was conducting tests on the patient in an abundance of caution because the patient met the screening criteria for Ebola. Preliminary testing indicates that the patient has another condition.

There is a now an outbreak of Ebola in the African country of Congo. The rare disease can spread through bodily fluids and is fatal when left untreated.

As of Monday, there have been 734 confirmed total cases of Ebola in DRC and 486 deaths, according to statistics with the World Health Organization.