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IN MIAMI, TEST TO RULE OUT EBOLA IN BOY

Times staff and wires

A male patient was screened for Ebola on Sunday at a Miami hospital as a precautionary measure, but it is unlikely he has contracted the deadly virus, according to a news release from Gov. Rick Scott's office Sunday.

The Florida Department of Health is working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local Miami-Dade government and health officials, who expect the test to rule out Ebola.

The Miami Herald reports that the patient, a boy visiting Miami Beach from West Africa, became ill during the weekend and was hospitalized.

The report follows Saturday's news that a potential Ebola patient in Sarasota was "highly unlikely" to have the virus and was removed from isolation.

That day, Gov. Scott met in Tampa with state health officials to discuss Florida's readiness.

"I hope we never will have a case, but I can tell you we will be prepared if there is a case," Scott said.

Also on Sunday, the Florida health department requested 30 additional Ebola testing kits from the CDC for each of the state's 30 public hospitals and 100 units of high-level personal protective equipment.

"We know Florida's hospitals and county health offices are prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola," the news release said. "While they are prepared on the local level, the state is requesting increased federal resources out of an abundance of caution for the unlikely event that we may have an extended response that warrants additional resources."

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