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Ebola Test Results Expected Later Today For Frisco Patient

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NewsWest 9

DALLAS- Results of tests for Ebola and other potential causes of the illness are expected late this afternoon.

State health officials are working closely with doctors at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to evaluate the case of a sheriff's deputy who sought medical care yesterday.

The deputy does not have a fever and is feeling better.

He had been briefly inside the apartment of a man who later died of Ebola. The Ebola patient had already been hospitalized so the deputy did not have direct contact with him.

"The risk is extremely low because this individual didn't have contact with the Ebola patient, but we want to err on the side of caution," said Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. "We understand there's a lot of anxiety in the community, and we hope getting test results back will help calm those fears."

His test is being handled by the state public health laboratory in Austin. This will be the third person tested for Ebola at the lab. The first was the Dallas patient who tested positive, and the second was a patient from the Houston area who was negative. The Austin lab is one of only 13 in the nation that can test for Ebola.

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