Man Admitted To Mount Sinai Hospital With Ebola-Like Symptoms
August 5, 2014
NEW YORK CITY (WENY) -- WENY news first told you about the unidentified man admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with a high fever and a stomach illness last night in our 11 PM Broadcast.
New York health officials say the man came to the hospital early Monday morning with these symptoms, and that he had also recently visited West Africa.
This morning, however, health officials say they are still not 100% sure if the patient actually has the Ebola virus.
Even though mount sinai doctors say "odds are" the man does not have Ebola, this morning he is in isolation and undergoing many screenings.
David Reich, MD, the President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital says "We're very confident in that our work with the federal, state and local authorities will lead to a prompt evaluation of this patient and that we'll be
able to hopefully find that there is a more common cause of fever and other symptoms that the patient has. But, using an abundance of caution, we're going
to work closely with the CDC to make certain that this patient does not have the Ebola virus disease."
Mount Sinai was following precautionary recommendations sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.
The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone climbed to 887, according to the World Health Organization. 1,603 people have been infected in all.