PATIENT TESTED FOR POSSIBLE EBOLA VIRUS IN NEW YORK HOSPITAL
Aug 5 10:06
NEW YORK, A patient at a New York City hospital has been isolated and is undergoing medical tests for possible Ebola virus infection, Xinhua news agency reported. The man had recently travelled to a west African country where Ebola has been reported, the Mount Sinai Hospital's Emergency Department said Monday. The patient experiencing high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms arrived at the hospital Monday morning and later underwent screenings to determine the
cause of his symptoms. "All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff," the hospital said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case and keep the community informed," it said. One of two Americans who contracted the virus while treating patients in Liberia returned to the United States for treatment last Saturday.
The second patient who is a missionary is expected to arrive in Atlanta in the next few days.The Ebola virus has killed some 900 people and affected 1,600 this year in four western African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.The US government has issued a warning against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.