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SACRAMENTO—

The chance that the Sacramento patient has the Ebola Virus is low, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Still, that person was in West Africa earlier this month, and is now very sick- sick enough that a blood sample has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control.

According to the CDC, no one has ever caught the Ebola virus in the United States.

Nine people have been tested here since the outbreak in West Africa. Seven tested negative. Two results are still unknown – a woman in New Mexico, and a patient now living in a negative pressure room at this Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento.

“People who are well do not transmit Ebola,” said James Watt with the California Department if Public Health.

Doctors from the California Department of Public Health said today they have already begun tracking everyone the Sacramento patient has come in contact with since returning from west Africa- tracking them just in case.

“It’s best to do that in the beginning when we are able to talk to the patient and get all the information we possibly can,” Watt said.

Worldwide the Ebola virus is almost always a killer, with the fatality rates that can run as high as 90%.

In this most recent outbreak, more than 2200 people have caught the disease in West Africa, and already more than 1200 have died.

But Western medicine may be able to do better.

“That’s an outstanding question,” Watt said. “We really don’t know the answer to that question.”

The CDC told FOX40, test results will be available by the end of the week.