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    Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Was Monitored in Virginia
    Health workers take a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in a area were a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

    As part of an Ebola-prevention program, the Virginia Department of Health is monitoring someone who recently traveled to West Africa and then fell ill.

    The patient traveled in West Africa in the past three weeks and then "developed symptoms of illness," a health department spokesman said Friday in a statement.

    "Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was transported to a hospital in Northern Virginia and is now being transported to an appropriate assessment center," the statement said.

    It wasn't immediately clear if that assessment center also is located in Virginia.

    In October, the Virginia Department of Health began enhanced screenings at Dulles International Airport for Ebola symptoms.