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(HOUSTON)— Two people were tested for Ebola in Harris County. That information comes from Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, and it’s proof the system is working here, according to the spokeswoman.

Two people who’d been in Africa and had flu-like symptoms tested negative for Ebola, said Rita Obey with HCPHES.

“The first patient that was tested was actually several weeks ago, the most recent patient that was tested was last week,” Obey said.

One patient — a minor who was traveling with an adult — tested positive for malaria. That’s a mosquito-borne disease, and the patient, who is still in the hospital, is not considered a risk to the public.

But Obey said it’s proof the system works in Harris County.

“This is actually great news for us,” Obey said. “That our health care providers are indeed testing or requesting or considering Ebola as they’re looking to determine what the illness may be.”

According to a statement from North Cypress Medical Center in northwest Harris County, a patient is in isolation but is unlikely to be diagnosed with an Ebola infection.

The patient was admitted Monday, but he is isolated from others as a precaution.

“He is considered to be of extremely low risk to the ebola virus. Hospital personnel are taking all precautions as prescribed by the Harris County Health Department and the U.S. Center for Disease Control. The patient is in stable condition and is showing no signs of a fever,” the hospital’s statement read. “We are working closely with local health and CDC officials who will determine all the steps we need to take to ensure the patient’s recovery and the community’s safety.”

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