Denver Health ‘monitoring’ patient for Ebola, state says

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Posted 8:30 a.m. | Updated 11:15 a.m.

A patiently who recently returned from West Africa is being monitored for Ebola, the state Department of Public Health and Environment said Monday.

Earlier Monday, Denver Health issued a press release saying the man would be tested for Ebola. But within a few hours, the health department said he continues to be monitored, but is not being tested.

“He was re-evaluated at Denver Health and does not meet criteria for testing," Dr. Larry Wolk, the state's chief medical officer, said. "He has a low-grade fever and no other signs and symptoms at the current time. And so we’ll continue to monitor him.”

The health department says that decision was made in consultation with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Denver Health.

Denver Health says symptoms of the highly infectious disease may appear anywhere between 2-21 days after exposure and include a fever, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and lack of appetite.

Since late August, CDPHE, working with local health agencies, has tracked an average of about five new returning travelers per week -- about 100 since late August.

CPR's Nathaniel Minor contributed to this report.