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Ebola scare confirmed to be Malaria

Release from The Alabama Department of Public Health, 11 a.m.:

"The Alabama Department of Public Health confirms that results of an individual tested for Ebola virus disease are negative. Staff had been monitoring this individual since arrival from a country with widespread Ebola. ADPH has not recommended that anyone be quarantined.

"The individual under evaluation has no known exposures to Ebola and has been assessed to be at low, but not zero, risk of Ebola. The patient is improving and has evidence of an illness other than Ebola that can account for symptoms.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Ebola testing was done and is negative.

"An average of 8 individuals are monitored for Ebola each month; 109 people have completed 21-day monitoring for Ebola, and 4 are currently being tracked in Alabama.

"The laboratory results were returned Wednesday. While this person is no longer currently under investigation for Ebola, public health will continue to monitor until the 21-day period is over."

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --{}Six{}Birmingham firefighters who were being isolated and monitored{}at UAB Hospital and a local firehouse due to an Ebola scare Tuesday night{}have been released after the patient's test results came back negative for the disease.

The patient, who also was taken to UAB Hospital after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, tested positive for Malaria,{}a mosquito-borne disease that's usually curable if caught in time. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,500 people are diagnosed with malaria every year.{}

The Jefferson County Department of Public Health is expected to hold an 11 a.m. news conference to update the media on the status of the patient. Watch the news conference live on ABC 33/40 TV or live online by clicking here.

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