A child who was isolated as a potential Ebola case was released Saturday from the University of Chicago Medical Center after tests for the virus came back negative.
The patient, who was discharged Saturday, had traveled to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport form a West African nation, according to a joint statement from officials at UCMC and the city and state health departments. The patient had recently presented with a fever during screening at O'Hare.
Travelers from four Ebola-affected nations—Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali—are required to undergo additional screening for Ebola symptoms, including body temperature checks and an interview regarding past activity, when entering the U.S. Some individuals, including returning healthcare workers, are actively monitored for symptoms of the virus for a 21-day period.
So far, Chicago has had no confirmed cases of Ebola. Two people were monitored for possible signs of the virus in October at UCMC and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.
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