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Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Taken to Presbyterian Hospital Yesterday Doesn't Have Ebola

Michael Monnig, the man taken from a Frisco Care Now clinic to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after showing potential Ebola symptoms and indicating that he had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

According to conflicting reports yesterday, Monnig may have told workers at Care Now one of the following things: he had in contact with Duncan; he had entered his apartment; or he'd been in contact with Duncan's family.

Out of what Frisco Mayor Maher Maso called an abundance of caution, Monnig was taken to Presbyterian, the hospital that treated Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States.

Monnig never showed many of the most common Ebola symptoms -- fever, vomiting or diarrhea -- according to city of Dallas spokeswoman Sana Syed. Nevertheless, a specimen from Monnig was sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services for testing.

TDSHS issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"The Texas Department of State Health Services has completed testing of the specimen submitted today by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The result is negative for Ebola."

Duncan remains the only case of Ebola to be diagnosed domestically.

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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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