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MO patient who tested negative for Ebola is released

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CRYSTAL CITY, MO (KFVS) -

The test results are negative for a woman who was being monitored for possible Ebola, and she's been released, according to the Crystal City, Mo. hospital

Mercy Hospital Jefferson said the test results from the State Public Health Laboratory are negative for the Ebola virus.

As a precautionary measure, they say the patient was kept in isolation and monitored for a minimum of 72 hours after the onset of additional symptoms, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Earlier on Thursday, St. Louis media outlets were reporting a Crystal City, Missouri hospital was monitoring a possible Ebola patient.

Crystal City is located about an hour north of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Mercy Hospital released this statement to Heartland News on Saturday night:

The female patient who was being monitored at an offsite facility near Mercy Hospital Jefferson has been confirmed to not have Ebola and has been discharged. An initial test for Ebola on November 20 was negative. Following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the patient continued to be isolated and monitored for an additional 72 hours from the time of her initial symptoms. The patient's improved condition confirms she does not have Ebola and she has returned home, where she will be monitored by the Jefferson County Health Department. Privacy rules prevent Mercy from providing additional information about her condition or diagnosis.

“This was the best possible outcome for this patient, and we are happy that she is home and on her way back to good health,” said Eric Ammons, president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson. “I couldn't be more pleased and proud of the response of the Mercy team, who carried out our plans for accepting and caring for a patient with possible Ebola flawlessly. Our thanks also go out to the county and state health departments and CDC, whose support and guidance have been invaluable.”

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