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New York City hospital testing patient for possible Ebola infection
Published August 04, 2014FoxNews.com

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is testing a patient who recently traveled to a West African country affected by the Ebola outbreak, the hospital said in a statement Monday afternoon.

The male patient arrived at the emergency room Monday morning with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. He has been quarantined to undergo medical screening.

"Odds are that this is not Ebola," Chief Medical Officer for Mount Sinai, Jeremy Boal said in a press conference held at the Upper East Side hospital early Monday evening.

To be certain, blood samples from the patient have been sent to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta for testing, with results likely in the next 24-48 hours, Boal said.

Mount Sinai is following protocol recommended just last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients," the hospital said in a statement.

CDC officials told Fox News correspondent John Roberts that there have been “a half dozen or so” so-called “Persons Under Investigation” in the U.S. for possible Ebola infection and that they have all turned out to be negative.

One of those was at Carolina Medical Center a little more than a week ago. 

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Re: New York City hospital testing patient for possible Ebola infection
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2014, 08:29:24 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/08/04/Patient-in-NYC-Tested-for-Ebola

Report: 6 Tested in NYC Tested for Ebola; News Withheld from Public

 on Breitbart TV 4 Aug 2014, 3:12 PM PDT

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about six patients in New York City that were tested for Ebola and one who had recently traveled to Africa that is undergoing tests for the Ebola virus on Monday’s broadcast of “Wolf.” Gupta said, “I would guess by tomorrow sometime we'll have a better idea” what malady the individual has.

He also pointed out that even though the patient isn’t in isolation, “This isn't the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus. This is something that spreads only when somebody is very sick and they start to actually shed the virus in their bodily fluids. So, it's somebody who comes in contact with those bodily fluids who is not protected. While we don't know the particular story with this patient, we don't know if in fact he has the Ebola infection, in terms of concern for the hospital population at large or the population around the hospital, it's still very minimal.”

Gupta added, “There have been about a half-a-dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of the concern. Those particular patients, their stories were not made public. This patient was. I'm not sure if that's because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly. But, again, we just can't say for sure until the final tests come back and you know, they want to be sure on this. It takes about a day or so.”

Anchor Wolf Blitzer concluded by pointing out that all of these six individuals tested negative for Ebola.

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