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Ebola Test Results Negative For 46-Year-Old Woman

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 46-year-old Columbus resident who was recently tested for Ebola has tested negative for the virus. 

Columbus Public Health received confirmation of the negative test results Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta which conducted the test through the Ohio Department of Health.

LINK: Ebola HR - CDC Website

The woman had recently traveled to a West African nation affected by an Ebola outbreak and showed symptoms of illness upon her return to the U.S.  She is still recovering in isolation at a local hospital where she is doing well. Doctors said the woman is still isolated, but only as a precaution.

Health officials did not release the specific hospital where the woman was tested, because they do not want to cause panic.

Doctors at The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center held an all-hands-on-deck meeting for the leadership team Tuesday afternoon, reviewing plans for Ebola cases.

According to the World Health Organization, 887 people have already died from Ebola.  Ebola is one of the most deadly viruses on Earth with a fatality rate between approximately 50 to 90 percent. There is no cure.

The virus is transmitted through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person, either directly or through contaminated surfaces, needles or medical equipment.   The virus is not airborne, so a person cannot get Ebola by breathing the air of an infected patient. 

Early symptoms of Ebola include fever, muscle weakness, sore throat and headaches.

The CDC issued recommendations, saying that anyone with early symptoms of Ebola, and one other reason to suspect the disease, such as travel from one of the west African counties, should be tested and isolated.

"If they would be in that high risk group, they would immediately get them out of public space into private space, gown, glove, mask the patient themselves," said Dr. Andrew Thomas, Chief Medical Officer at OSU Wexner Medical Center.

The CDC issued a warning for Americans to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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