New York hospital isolates patient for possible Ebola
Monday, August 04, 2014 - 01:35
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 Manhattan says it's quarantined a patient for possible Ebola symptoms.
Officials there say the man, who had recently been to West Africa where Ebola is spreading, arrived at their emergency room in the early morning hours of Monday.
He was showing signs of high fever and stomach ache -- the tell-tale signs of the deadly disease.
Within seven minutes, officials say, the patient was isolated and put on observation.
SOUNDBITE: DR. JEREMY BOAL, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER. MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL, SAYING:
"Odd are this is not Ebola. It's much more likely that it's a much more common condition."
Samples from the patient were sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and could be back as early as Tuesday.
Meanwhile, health officials tell the public there's no need to worry.
They don't believe anyone was put at risk for contracting the disease.
SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED HOSPITAL OFFICIAL SAYING SAYING:
"People should understand that if this were Ebola, which we do not know, that it is not transmitted by casual contact and that every that happened at Mount Sinai happened in a very rapid fashion such that we were certain that the patient did not pose any risk to other patients or to our staff or other visitors to Mount Sinai."
Earlier in the day, the White House said there are no plans for the U.S. to ban incoming flights from western Africa nations.
But the precaution of isolating the New York patient just adds to the concern in the U.S. over the disease, which is often fatal.
Two American aid workers are being treated for Ebola in Atlanta after catching the virus in Liberia.
The virus has killed some 900 people in Africa since February and is the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
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