02:11 - Source: CNN
Chief: Deputy was in Ebola victim's home

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Health official: With no fever and no contact, there is no risk

Son on hospitalized deputy: We don't think he has Ebola

Fire chief: Health officials are treating it "as a low-risk event"

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States dies

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The family of NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, is cautiously optimistic after doctors said that his condition at a Nebraska hospital has improved slightly.

The deputy, named by local media as Sgt. Michael Monnig, didn’t have any direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died of Ebola in Dallas on Wednesday.

“We know he didn’t have direct contact with the patient (Duncan) and he doesn’t have a fever, and in a situation like that there is no risk of Ebola,” said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The patient – who was transported from Frisco, Texas – had reported being in the Dallas apartment where Duncan had been staying and having “some contact” with Duncan’s family members, Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland told reporters.

Monnig was a first responder and had spent about 30 minutes in the apartment, his son told CNN affiliate KTVT. He woke up Wednesday, feeling sore and fatigued and with a stomachache.

“With the situation, what’s happened, he just decided it would be better to be safe than sorry,” Logan Monnig told KTVT.

The family does not expect that Monnig has Ebola, but still, his son said, “We’re kind of scared and just want to make sure he’s OK.”

The patient was admitted to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas “after reporting possible exposure to the Ebola virus,” the hospital said.

“Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case,” the hospital said. “Our professional staff of nurses and doctors is prepared to examine the patient, discuss any findings with appropriate agencies and officials.”

Asked about the case by reporters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the patient “does not have either definite contact with Ebola or definite symptoms of Ebola.”