12/30/2014 06:29 EST | Updated 03/01/2015 05:59 EST

Ebola test negative on Kelowna, B.C., health-care worker

Preliminary Ebola tests on a Kelowna health-care worker who recently returned from West Africa have come back negative, the B.C. Ministry of Health says.

The unidentified woman returned from helping Ebola patients in Sierra Leone on Dec. 25. 

She experienced a sore throat and a slight fever on Sunday and the symptoms persisted on Monday, which is when she was tested for the Ebola virus. 

Health officials said they will get more results back later on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The patient said in a brief statement that she believes she has cold-like symptoms and not Ebola, but she understands the need for testing. She also wants to keep the focus on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

The province is also currently monitoring six other individuals who have recently returned from West Africa. It has finished monitoring nine other people. 

Earlier this year, a traveller who returned to B.C. from West Africa was tested for Ebola, but those tests also came back negative.