MOSCOW, October 6 (RIA Novosti) - Test results reveal the US doctor previously treated for the Ebola virus and re-admitted into a Massachusetts hospital, is not infected with the deadly disease, New England Cable News reported.
"He complained of symptoms that appear to be related to an upper respiratory tract infection," Dr. Robert Finberg of the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center was quoted as saying by the newspaper late on Sunday.
Though the patient still has a fever and cough, doctors do not suspect an Ebola relapse.
Dr. Richard Sacra, who contracted the Ebola virus in August while working with infected patients in Liberia, was treated in isolation for the disease at a medical facility in Omaha, Nebraska in September. The doctor was discharged at the end of the month after testing negative for the virus.
Two weeks later, Sacra was sent for treatment again at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after experiencing symptoms of a cough and fever on Saturday morning. Upon receiving the confirmation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Sacra has been taken out of isolation. Doctors believe Sacra may be developing pneumonia as a result of a weakened immune system from his past Ebola infection.
According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola virus death toll has passed 3,400, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit the hardest. Nigeria and Senegal have also registered cases of the disease. CDC data reveals the total number of people infected with Ebola in Liberia is 3,834, with 2,069 deaths.
There is no official cure for the virus which is sweeping West African countries in the world's worst epidemic of Ebola to date.