UConn Patient Monitored for Ebola Tests Positive for Malaria

A patient admitted to the UConn Health Center's John Dempsey Hospital with a fever Tuesday night and monitored for the Ebola virus has tested positive for malaria, according to a spokesperson for the university.

University officials said the man does not have Ebola. Medical providers could not rule out the possibility of Ebola infection because the patient had helped with Ebola relief efforts in Liberia from November 2014 until April 30, 2015

Authorities said the man was working in an administrative role and did not have direct contact with Ebola patients.

The patient has experienced symptoms for a couple days and arrived at the hospital in Farmington at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday with fever and muscle aches, general symptoms of many illnesses, according to officials.

UConn Health activated the Ebola virus protocol to care for the patient, the public and the staff. Health officials said the patient was placed in isolation and is in good condition.

The state of Connecticut has created a website with more information about Ebola in the United States.

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