Monday, October 6, 2014

Miami Patient Tests Negative for Ebola in Preliminary Test

The arm of an actual patient with the Ebola virus 

Tallahassee, FL – Today, the Joint Information Center announced that the Miami patient who was tested for Ebola on Sunday tested negative in a preliminary test that was conducted by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) lab in Miami. In following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, another sample from the patient was sent to the CDC’s Atlanta lab for confirmation of this negative result. The CDC’s results are expected on Wednesday.

Florida does not have any confirmed cases of Ebola. To enhance Florida’s readiness for Ebola, on Sunday, at the request of Governor Rick Scott, DOH requested 30 additional Ebola testing kits from the CDC and 100 units of additional high-level personal protective equipment.

The Florida Department of Health is working in consultation with CDC to determine on a case-by-case basis whether testing for Ebola is necessary. 

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