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Founder of West Africa-Based NGO Tested Negative for Ebola After Visit to Liberia

by Julia Samuel on May 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM
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Founder of West Africa-Based NGO Tested Negative for Ebola After Visit to Liberia

Tarrant County Public Health reported that a Tarrant County resident who recently returned home from a humanitarian trip to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in spite of his fear of contacting the disease.

Andy Perkins, Founder and Executive Director of BESTWA, said that he began to feel ill recently after he returned from a trip to Liberia.

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"The next day I started having a low-grade fever and just intestinal upset, and it just wouldn't go away. It would go away for like a day and then come back, and so today, early this morning, was the third time it had come back," said Perkins.

Perkins visited the Veterans Administration Hospital and was transferred to UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He tested for Ebola and the test results came back negative within three hours.
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Neither he nor medical personnel believed he suffered from Ebola, and the state health department told, "Based on the clinical pictures, health officials agree that the need for testing is essentially non-existent. We are not concerned that this is going to be positive result."

Source: Medindia
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