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Doctor Exposed to Ebola Released from NIH

Man's symptoms not related to infection by Ebola virus

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A doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while working at a treatment unit in Sierra Leone was discharged from the National Institute of Health's Clinical Center in Bethesda Tuesday.

NIH said the man suffered a high-risk exposure from a needle stick injury while working in the African country and was admitted to the center on Sept. 28 for observation. The doctor was put in isolation with a fever, but NIH doctors later determined the man was not infected with the Ebola virus.

The man now feels well and does not have a fever, according to NIH.  He will remain in his home and receive temperature checks twice a day until the completion of a 21-day observation period, following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, NIH said.