NC Health Dept. monitoring patient from Liberia at Duke Hospital

DURHAM, NC (WWAY/WTVD) — A patient at Duke University hospital is being monitored closely by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, undergoing testing for Ebola.

The department is closely monitoring the traveler, who developed a fever Sunday, one day after arriving in Person County. The patient returned from Liberia Friday to Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey. He then took a commercial bus from Newark to Durham yesterday, and was picked up by family and taken to Person County.

The individual did not have any symptoms upon arrival in the United States, according to the Department of Health, and had no known exposure to Ebola while in Liberia.

The patient will remain in a contained, isolated and secured unit until the results of testing are known. A blood sample from the patient will be sent to the State Laboratory of Public Health, in the NC Department of Health and Human Services, for preliminary testing.

The preliminary results of the patient’s first Ebola test are expected to be completed early Monday morning.

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