MA doctor tests negative for Ebola after illness

By: Melissa Randall
mrandall@abc6.com

Late Sunday night the Centers for Disease Control confirmed that laboratory tests for Massachusetts Doctor Rick Sacra have come back negative for the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Sacra has been removed from isolation, and his doctors are now continuing routine care for his upper respiratory tract infection.

Dr. Sacra, who was cured of Ebola last month, was admitted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester Saturday night. He was suffering from a persistent cough and fever.

Following CDC guidelines Dr. Sacra was placed in isolation and tests were run to determine whether it was a recurrence of Ebola.

Dr. Sacra originally became sickened with the virus while working with ill pregnant women during a missionary trip to Liberia. He was brought back the U.S. for treatment and was released last month.

His family is requesting privacy at this time.

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