A patient at a Miami-area hospital is being retested for Ebola after showing symptoms of the virus last week, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
The unnamed patient, who was admitted to Jackson Health System, is considered to be “at low risk for Ebola" after testing negative for the virus last week, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told local reporters per the Miami Herald.
No further details on the patient’s symptoms or health status had been released by press time on Monday.
Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan said the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “the largest, most complex and most severe we’ve ever seen.”
As of Aug. 31, 3,707 suspected and confirmed Ebola cases and 1,848 suspected deaths have been documented in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
The current outbreak in West Africa “does not pose a significant risk to the United States,” according to the CDC, and so far no confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in the U.S. In August, however, three U.S. aid workers were infected with the virus in Liberia. Two have since been released from treatment, while the third is still recovering in Nebraska, according to NBC Washington.
The Ebola virus can spread from person to person through blood or bodily fluids. Symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, high fever and body aches, typically appear between two and 21 days after contracting the virus, according to the World Health Organization.