UPDATE: 8/6/14 @ 6:55pm
This just may be the happiest man in the U.S. right now. A man at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has tested negative for Ebola.
He was admitted to the hospital with a a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms following a recent trip to West Africa. Officials at U.S. airports are now watching travelers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be linked to Ebola.
NEW YORK– The Ebola scare is getting scarier. A patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is being tested for Ebola.
He recently returned from a trip to West Africa and is now being treated for a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Both are Ebola symptoms.
The patient has been placed in strict isolation and doctors are working to determine what’s causing his symptoms. They expect to get test results back in a day or so.
“(The) likelihood is pretty low” the patient has Ebola, said CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. About half a dozen people have recently returned from West Africa and gotten tested because of symptoms consistent with the disease. None of those cases has been confirmed as Ebola, Gupta said.
This comes as Fort Worth Dr. Kent Brantly is being treated at Emory University in Atlanta for Ebola.
Brantly and another missionary, Nancy Writebol, received a secret serum while in Liberia, that doctors say appears to be working. Writebol is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday.