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Three people monitored in San Diego County for signs of Ebola

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The county's top public health official said Thursday that three people in the San Diego region are having their medical conditions monitored after having traveled to Ebola-stricken countries in Africa, while a fourth no longer needs to be checked.

The three are considered to be in a low-risk category under guidelines issued this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Wilma Wooten told City News Service.

She said the unidentified individuals were in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea but did not come into contact with any Ebola patients.

Under the CDC protocols, their health needs to be monitored for three weeks.

Representatives of the county Health and Human Services Agency call them twice a day to have them take their temperature, Wooten said.

"If they had a fever, we would send them straight to a hospital for isolation and further testing," Wooten said.

The HHSA also checks for symptoms like headaches, vomiting or diarrhea.

She said that of the three, one is leaving San Diego on Friday and will be monitored by health officials at an undisclosed destination. A fourth person just concluded the 21-day monitoring process.

A fifth, who reported a fever, underwent an investigation and it was determined the patient was suffering from another illness, she said.

"Everybody's been cooperative," Wooten said.

These are the first five people to have been scrutinized for Ebola symptoms in San Diego County, she said.

The monitoring period begins when the individual returns to the U.S. from one of the afflicted West African countries, she said.

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