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Woman does not have Ebola, five others being monitored

Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis announced the women visitor from Africa tested negative for Ebola at a Sunday press conference.A woman visitor being monitored for Ebola at Providence Milwaukie has tested negative for the infectious disease.

Five other people in Oregon are currently being monitored for Ebola. None has shown any symptoms for the disease, state health officials say.

At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis said lab results for the visitor from Africa came back negative for Ebola.

“Based on test results and an evaluation of her clinical condition, I’m pleased to say there are no cases of Ebola in Oregon,” said Lewis. “The CDC has advised us that no further testing is required. We are satisfied that the system worked and continues to work well.”

The woman, who had been self monitoring, had been moved into an isolation unit at Providence Health Milwaukie on Friday when she developed a fever.

Providence Chief Executive Officer Dave Underriner said officials are “very pleased and relieved” the patient tested negative for the disease. She will continue to be monitored.

A five-person core team was dedicated to treat the patient, one of whom was suited in personal protective equipment the entire time.

Health officials say she will stay in the hospital and get “care and monitoring.” She will remain in isolation, and all the caregivers will continue to follow the special safety protocols.

Lewis thanked the front-line public health workers, first responders, and all others involved in the evaluation, transport and safe care of the patient.

No additional information about the woman was released, nor will it be, to protect the patient’s privacy.

The 21-year-old woman had been being monitored since she moved from Liberia to Portland on Tuesday, according to Nate Kerkulah, the chairman of Oregon’s Association for Liberia. On Saturday afternoon, health officials posted on their website: “We continue to work closely with local, state and federal public health officials. There is no updated information on lab test results for this patient.”

No additional information was released about the other five people being monitored for Ebola.