Patient at Denver Health tests negative for Ebola

<p>The Denver Health Medical Center at 8th and Speer. (Photo: Courtesy Flicker user <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DenverJeffrey</a> / Creative Commons license)</p>

A patient being monitored for a possible Ebola infection in Denver tested negative for the deadly disease late on Monday.

"Denver Health Medical Center will continue to have the patient hospitalized for further observation. This patient is being cared for in an isolation unit, by specially trained staff at the hospital," the state Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement.

The patient had recently returned from West Africa.

Denver Health said early Monday the patient had no symptoms and would be monitored but not tested. After consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state health department overruled that decision. Later in the day the CDPHE decided to test the patient "out of an abundance of caution."