UPDATE 12:40 a.m: The patient exhibiting symptoms that authorities feared could be Ebola related doesn't appear to have the virus, a Boston hospital said in a statement.
"This patient does not appear to meet CDC criteria to be considered someone at high risk for Ebola and the likelihood of Ebola Virus Disease is extremely low," the Beth Israel hospital noted in an email to Reuters.
Still the patient will remain isolated, the hospital said.
A man who had been to Liberia and was complaining of headaches and muscle aches at a Massachusetts medical facility Sunday was transported to a Boston hospital while a hazmat team responded, WCVB-TV reported.
A Braintree, Mass., law enforcement official places police tape around a sign to the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, behind, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Braintree, Mass. (Image source: AP/Steven Senne)
Doctors at the scene were assessing a possible case of Ebola, WCVB noted, citing the Braintree Fire Department.
The facility the man first visited, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, was closed initially but reopened late Sunday afternoon, the station reported.
“Ebola protocol is in place,” Joe Zanca of Braintree Fire Department told the Boston Globe. “We don’t know if he actually has Ebola.”
William Cash, a Braintree firefighter, told the paper “no one is leaving.”
More from the Globe:
Public Safety officials clustered near the entry of the parking lot near a parked Braintree EMS ambulance with its lights flashing. Five minutes before 4 p.m. the ambulance circled the parking lot and then left the facility headed south on Grossman Drive.
Minutes later a middle-aged man wearing a surgical mask and sitting upright on a stretcher was wheeled across Grossman Drive and into another waiting ambulance.
The man was taken to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston where officials there were expected to brief the media Sunday evening, WCVB noted.
Biohazard stickers covered the patient's vehicle that was towed away, WCVB said, adding that police wouldn't say where the vehicle was being taken.