NIH releases patient exposed to Ebola

The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center discharged a patient on Friday who was admitted on Dec. 11 after a possible “high-risk exposure” to the Ebola virus.

The patient provided bedside nursing to patients with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

“We are happy to report that the patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health,” the NIH said. “The patient feels well and has no fever.”

The NIH said guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continued to be followed in terms of monitoring and isolating the patient for 21 days after a reported exposure to the Ebola virus.

A division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the nation's agency for medical research. The NIH has 27 institutes and centers around the country.

The NIH is the main federal agency responsible for supporting and conducting all basic, clinical and translational medical research, as well as investigating cures, causes and treatments for common and rare diseases.

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