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Patient 'Screened' For Ebola At Baylor, Testing Not Confirmed

DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - On Friday morning Baylor Hospital in Dallas confirmed a patient with 'Ebola similar' symptoms also triggered positive on a verbal screening questionnaire.

Although a positive blood test has not been confirmed, sources say it's not unusual to have a patient screen positive considering the wider net for Ebola now over Dallas. A positive screening means the patient met some of the criteria to cause concern.

According to Baylor, it was the answers to some of the screening questions -- like if a person had been in contact with a known Ebola patient -- that triggered the standing protocol by Dallas County Health and Human Services that the person be transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas,  presumably for further, complete testing.

A source at Baylor said the patient came to the Emergency Room through a private entrance and was then immediately put into isolation.

A statement from Baylor, sent to CBS 11 News said, in part -

"A patient presented at Baylor University Medical Center Thursday evening reporting Ebola symptoms and indicated contact with someone with the disease.  The patient was transferred within hours to Texas Health Presbyterian as directed by the Dallas County Health Department."

But Presbyterian Hospital is denying an Ebola patient was transferred to their facility from Baylor.

Patient Screened Positive For Ebola

A spokeswoman at Presbyterian read a statement to 1080 KRLD reporter L.P. Phillips on behalf of Texas Health Presbyterian spokesman Wendell Watson saying the hospital does not have a transfer patient - but could not say whether the patient was treated and released.

Late Friday - Presbyterian released information saying that the patient in question was considered low risk and eventually released.

"Thursday evening, a patient reporting Ebola symptoms was transferred from Baylor University Medical Center to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The patient was placed in isolation at Texas Health Dallas and evaluated with all appropriate precautions. The patient was determined to be low risk and wanted to leave the hospital. The CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services were advised of this and did not feel it was necessary to have her detained."

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