New York hospital isolates patient for possible Ebola
Monday, August 04, 2014 - 01:47
A Manhattan hospital has isolated and is monitoring a patient with possible symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, saying the move was a precautionary step. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City said on Monday (August 3) that it has isolated and is monitoring a patient who had recently returned to the U.S. from a West African country for possible symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.
The hospital said the man, whose age and name were not released due to patient privacy, came into the emergency room in the early hours of Monday morning with a high fever and gastrointestinal distress.
"Odd are this is not Ebola," said Dr. Jeremy Boal, the hospital's chief medical officer. "It's much more likely that it's a much more common condition," he said.
Officials said they have sent samples from the patient to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and hope to have test results in the next 24-48 hours, "although we can't guarantee it," Dr. Jeremy said.
The patient was rushed into strict isolation within seven minutes of his arrival at the hospital, Boal said, and officials said he was in "good condition".
"I want to stress there is absolutely no risk from ... being in the emergency room," said Boal, noting Ebola is not spread through casual contact.
The New York patient is the latest Ebola concern to hit the U.S. following reports that two American healthcare workers contracted the virus in West Africa.
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