Man exposed to Ebola released from Bethesda hospital

A man who was admitted to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda last week after being exposed to Ebola was released Tuesday, after his symptoms were determined not to be related to the virus, the NIH said.

The patient was identified only as an American doctor who had a "high-risk exposure" when he was accidentally stuck with a needle while treating patients of the virus in Sierra Leone. He flew back to the U.S. and was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's Special Clinical Studies Unit on Sept. 28.

He was initially hospitalized with a brief fever "that was subsequently determined to not be related to infection with Ebola virus," the institute said. Although the patient feels well and has no fever, the NIH said, Centers for Disease Control guidelines require that he stays home and checks his temperature twice daily for three weeks after his exposure.

More than 7,000 have contracted Ebola, and more than 3,000 of them have died in the West African epidemic this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1,940 cases were reported in Sierra Leone, about 600 of them fatal, the CDC said.

Only one case of the disease has been confirmed in the U.S., in Dallas.

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