(AL) — Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials confirm tests of the patient, family members and firefighters were negative for the Ebola virus.
A patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms was admitted to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital Tuesday night, and eight others are being quarantined or monitored after coming into contact with that patient.
Officials said the patient is considered "at low risk" for having the disease, but multiple agencies are taking necessary precautions. The patient will be tested for Ebola tonight, and the results of the test should be released tomorrow.
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"We had a situation today in which somebody who had recently traveled to a country where there are still some active cases of Ebola had been returned to the U.S.," Jefferson County Medical Director Edward Khan said. "This person would fit into our low-risk category, meaning they did not come into contact with any known Ebola cases while over there, and they didn't participate in any high-risk activities such as burial ceremonies or health care work."