Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City is testing a male patient for Ebola, but the man is “unlikely’’ to have the virus, the New York City Health Department said.
According to multiple reports, the hospital has confirmed that the patient was admitted to the hospital Monday and has a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient recently returned from a trip to West Africa. He is currently in isolation and is undergoing medical screening.
People living in the US are at low risk for contracting Ebola, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged hospitals to ask patients if they have recently traveled to Africa. Most Ebola cases have been detected in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Ebola is a fatal form of hemorrhagic fever that is caused by five different types of viruses. Symptoms often begin with fever and muscle pain and can progress to bleeding from the body’s orifices and shock. Up to 90 percent of people who are infected with the virus die, and there is no known cure.