A person who had recently returned from West Africa was admitted Sunday to Johns Hopkins Hospital, complaining of a fever, city health officials said.

Officials said it did not appear the person had an Ebola infection, based on an initial evaluation. The patient is being treated in an isolation room and tests are ongoing.

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Officials declined to provide further details, citing patient confidentiality. Under rules imposed last fall, travelers from countries in West Africa affected by Ebola are subject to monitoring for 21 days, which includes reporting their temperatures.

In a statement, a Hopkins spokeswoman said safety of patients, their families and other visitors is the hospital's "top priority."

"Out of an abundance of caution and as part of our practiced protocol, when a patient presents with a relevant travel history andmeets screening criteria for Ebola evaluation, we begin instituting safety precautions and work with the Maryland Department Health and Mental Hygiene, the Baltimore City Health Department, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the patient," spokeswoman Lisa Broadhead said in the statement."At this time, all I can confirm is that no patient at the Johns Hopkins Hospital has a confirmed case of the Ebola virus."

Maryland had monitored more than 1,000 travelers since October as of April 1.

"The testing is being done out of an abundance of caution; all protocols have been followed for safe transport of the patient and the system is working as intended," said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. "There is no danger to the public at large."

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