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Ebola Case in Miami Tests Negative for 2nd Time, Says CDC

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 12:15 PM

A test for Ebola was administered a second time to a Miami man being checked for the virus after he appeared to have symptoms, but the second test also turned up negative, officials reported.

The Jackson Health System confirmed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the man had tested negative again for the deadly disease, according to WTVJ-TV. He was first tested for Ebola last week.

"Last week, a Jackson Health System patient tested negative for the Ebola virus," Jackson Health's Jennifer Piedra told the television station. "The patient had shown some symptoms associated with the disease and was tested in an abundance of caution.

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"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. Out of respect for patient privacy, we are not providing any additional details," Piedra continued.

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus had exploded in West Africa, claiming the lives of roughly 2,100 people, according to The Associated Press.

Four Americans have contracted Ebola while working in West Africa and have traveled back to the United States for treatments, noted the AP. The latest arrived on Tuesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where two other Americans have been treated.

Physicians treated Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol successfully at Emory after they were transported in isolated units from West Africa back to the United States.

A third American Ebola patient, Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he is in stable condition, noted The AP.

Sacra had volunteered to return to Liberia when Writebol and Brantly became infected, but it was not known how he contracted the virus because he was delivering babies and not caring for Ebola patients at the time he contracted the disease, officials said.

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