PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
October 25, 2014

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Commissioner

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Update on Health Care Worker in Isolation at University Hospital in Newark
Saturday, October 25, 2014

A healthcare worker with a recent history of treating Ebola patients in West Africa who was quarantined after arrival from Newark Liberty International Airport yesterday has tested negative in a preliminary test for Ebola. The patient continues to be quarantined and remains in isolation and under observation at University Hospital in Newark.

Physicians at University Hospital continue to monitor the patient and consult with the Department of Health and the CDC on patient evaluation and any potential need for additional testing.

The health care worker had no symptoms upon arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport yesterday, but developed a fever while quarantined at the airport. The passenger was transferred from Newark Liberty International Airport's Quarantine Station to University Hospital in Newark for evaluation and isolation.

The individual remains under mandatory quarantine for 21 days and will be closely monitored by public health officials. The Department continues to work closely with CDC officials on this situation.

For additional information about Ebola, please visit nj.gov/health or cdc.gov. Follow the Department of Health on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NJDeptofhealth