The Washington D.C. patient being tested for Ebola does not have the virus, health officials said Saturday.
The unidentified patient was quarantined at Howard University Hospital Friday after he fell ill following a recent trip to Nigeria. He later tested negative for the virus, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed.
The number of patients reporting Ebola-like symptoms has ballooned in recent weeks – especially after the first case of the disease was diagnosed in the U.S. Tuesday. Thomas Duncan was quarantined in a Dallas hospital after he contracted the disease in Liberia and then traveled to the U.S.
Between July 27 and Oct. 1, the CDC has consulted on 100 cases of people reporting Ebola-like symptoms, NBC Washington reported.
After looking at patients’ travel histories and analyzing their symptoms, the CDC deemed Ebola testing necessary in only 15 cases.
Only one of those tests — Thomas Duncan’s — has been positive.
Several Americans have contracted the virus while working in West Africa.
A cameraman for NBC News tested positive for Ebola while filming in Liberia for correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Earlier this year two humanitarian healthcare workers — Grant Brantly and Nancy Writebol — recovered from the virus after catching it in Liberia.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is centered in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More than 7,100 cases have been reported in those countries and 3,330 of those were deadly.