- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma health officials say a person who fell ill after recently visiting west Africa has tested positive for malaria.

Health officials had placed the individual in isolation at a Tulsa hospital as a precaution because the person had recently visited Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia. The Tulsa Health Department says it followed recently approved state guidelines on Ebola once the individual notified officials Thursday night that he or she had developed a fever.

Officials say the person was at low risk for Ebola because he or she did not care for an Ebola patient while in Africa.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a blood specimen from the patient will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test for Ebola, but only as a precaution.

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