Tarrant County Resident Tests Negative for Ebola

UPDATE: A Tarrant County resident who recently returned home from a humanitarian trip to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola, according to Tarrant County Public Health.

Andy Perkins, founder and executive director of the non-profit group BESTWA, told NBC 5 he recently returned from a trip to Liberia but days later began to feel ill.


“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.

He said he went to the Veterans Administration Hospital, where he typically receives medical treatment, and was then transferred to UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.



(NBC 5 News) Tarrant County Public Health is monitoring a person for Ebola and other diseases after arriving recently from West Africa.

The individual, who was not identified, sought medical attention for one symptom that matches the disease following a trip to Liberia, health officials said Friday afternoon.

The health department said test results could be back as early as Friday evening.

Texas is creating two new biocontainment facilities for treating possible future Ebola patients, one in Richardson and the other in Galveston, Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday, as two Dallas nurses remain hospitalized out of state with the potentially deadly virus.

The Methodist Campus for Continuing Care in Richardson will host the new facility on a floor of its hospital, as well as in a wing of its ICU best-suited for treating infectious patients.

Doctors and nurses from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas will staff the new unit there, with nurses, lab technicians and other health care workers from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas working alongside them.

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