Health officials: Sacramento patient is at low risk for Ebola

State and federal health officials said a patient being tested for the Ebola in Sacramento is at low risk for the virus.

The patient, who remained in isolation at Kaiser Permanente South hospital Wednesday, had recently traveled to a West African country, the officials said. They won't comment on what symptoms the patient had that raised enough concern to be tested for the deadly virus.

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Officials discussed the case during a conference call with the media Wednesday morning. Speakers on the call included Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director for the Center for Infectious Diseases and State Epidemiologist at the California Department of Public Health, and Dr. James Watt, chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control for the Center for Infectious Diseases.

Doctors would not release which country the patient traveled to because they are afraid that would identify the patient. They stressed people in California should not be worried.

"The risk of transmission in California is very low and steps are being taken to keep California safe," Watt said.

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said they are still waiting to get the patient's sample so they can determine whether or not the patient is infected with Ebola. Officials hope to receive the samples sometime Wednesday. Doctors said they could learn the results by the end of the week depending on the number of priority cases.

CDC officials said nationwide over the past few months nine samples have been tested for Ebola, seven have returned negative. The results of the two remaining tests – from New Mexico and California -- are pending.

Doctors will not give a condition update on the patient.

News10 covered the call live online. Review a replay of that coverage below:

Live Blog Health officials discuss Ebola in Calif.


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