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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:08 pm 
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And you thought bed bugs were bad! A man is being tested for ebola at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, a hospital spokesperson told CBS News.

The man arrived at the emergency room early Monday with "high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms." He told doctors that he had recently traveled to an as-yet unnamed west African country where, he said, Ebola had broken out.

"All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff," Mt. Sinai said in a statement.

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The hospital did not say that the man had contracted ebola, only that he was being tested for the virus.

So far, nearly 1,000 people have died in the recent outbreak of Ebola in the African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

"We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients," the hospital said.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:19 pm 
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A man is being tested at Mount Sinai Hospital for the Ebola virus, the hospital said Monday afternoon.

According to a report from CBS 2 New York, the man arrived in the early morning suffering a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. A report from the New York Times says the man went to the emergency room late Sunday night.

The man told doctors that he recently traveled to a West African country exposed to an Ebola outbreak, the report said.

Officials withheld the man’s identity in order to protect his privacy, according to The Times.

He was placed in “strict isolation” and is underdoing further testing to identify the cause of his symptoms, WABC reported.

“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” the hospital said in a statement, according to CBS. “We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients.”

So far, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed at least 887 mainly in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. An American doctor who was infected in Liberia is currently being treated in an Atlanta hospital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:49 pm 
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NEW YORK — A New York City hospital says it's performing Ebola tests on a patient who recently traveled to West Africa.

Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says a male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in Monday. The hospital says it placed him in strict isolation and he's undergoing medical screenings.

Officials at U.S. airports are watching travelers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak there.

The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has sickened more than 1,600 people, killing nearly 900 mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It's spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least three Americans have been tested in the U.S. He says all three tested negative.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:03 pm 
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Mount Sinai quarantines man back from Ebola-stricken country
Originally published: August 4, 2014 5:53 PM
Updated: August 4, 2014 5:59 PM
By RIDGELY OCHS ridgely.ochs@newsday.com

A man who recently traveled to a West African country combating an Ebola virus outbreak has been quarantined at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for the hospital, said in a statement that Monday morning "a male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms" came to the hospital's emergency department.
"The patient had recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported," Dinsay said.
He said the patient "has been placed in strict isolation and is undergoing medical screenings to determine the cause of his symptoms. All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff."
An Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone has already claimed the lives of 826 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ebola virus disease is often fatal, with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent, according to the World Health Organization, and it is one of the world's most virulent diseases.
The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding, according to the WHO.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.
Dinsay said the hospital "will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients."
The hospital did not discuss when the man had returned to the United States.
The CDC said that Ebola poses "no significant risk" for people in this country. The agency said that people who have been exposed to Ebola virus disease should not travel on commercial airplanes until they have been monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days after exposure. Sick travelers should delay any trips until cleared by a doctor or public health authority.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:15 pm 
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Live Mt Sinai news conference

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:22 pm 
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Ebola Diagnosis ‘Unlikely’ in New York Patient
Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin Charlotte Alter @charlottealter 4:20 PM ET
New York Health Department officials said the patient had none of the known risk factors for Ebola

Updated 6: 14 p.m. ET

A man who arrived at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City Monday with a high fever and stomach problems is unlikely to be suffering from the Ebola virus, the New York Health Department said.

The patient had been visiting a West African country where Ebola cases have been reported, but department officials said the patient had none of the known risk factors for Ebola.

“After consultation with CDC and Mount Sinai, the Health Department has concluded that the patient is unlikely to have Ebola. Specimens are being tested for common causes of illness and to definitively exclude Ebola,” it said in a statement.

Africa is in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with over 1,600 reported cases and over 887 deaths in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

The hospital reports that the patient is being kept in isolation to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, and is being tested to confirm that his symptoms are from Ebola.

“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” Mt. Sinai said in a statement.

If the patient does indeed have Ebola, the hospital is equipped to handle the disease, which only spreads by direct contact with bodily fluids like blood and saliva. “Any advanced hospital in the U.S., any hospital with an intensive care unit has the capacity to isolate patients,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters late last week.

The CDC has long assured Americans that even if there were to be a patient with Ebola in the United States (besides the two Americans with Ebola evacuated from West Africa), the risk for the disease spreading is minimal. “We are confident that we will not have significant spread of Ebola, even if we were to have a patient with Ebola here,” Frieden said. “We work actively to educate American health care workers on how to isolate patients and how to protect themselves against infection.”

Unlike many health care workers in Western Africa, health care workers in U.S. hospitals have the resources to to keep themselves adequately protected while treating patients.

http://time.com/3080189/ebola-mt-sinai-new-york/

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:53 am 
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I was surprised to find that overnight (I am in Europe) the diagnosis is still "unlikely", and neither "positive" nor "negative".


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:50 am 
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morning wrote:
I was surprised to find that overnight (I am in Europe) the diagnosis is still "unlikely", and neither "positive" nor "negative".

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In the US all Ebola testing is done by the CDC in Atlanta. Therefore it takes a day or two for lab results (so neither positive or negative). The "unlikely" is based on the epidemiology, which indicated that he did not have a risk factor of contact with a case (confirmed or suspect). There are many reasons for a patient to have a fever and abdominal pain and a certain percentage of people with such symptoms will be from one of the western African companies with confirmed Ebola.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:55 am 
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Hello Henry,

thanks for the warm welcome. We have talked before, back in 2009, on the flutrackers forum and twitter. It's reassuring to see you keep up the irreplaceable work.

Yes I am fairly aware that gastro plus fever, inbound from Africa or not, are hardly a prodrome of disgrace... but the UK was so quick to dismiss the fallen woman at Gatwick as ebov-negative, that I cannot help but turn a quizzical eye.

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Emergency room physicians at Johns Hopkins Medicine thought one of their patients had Ebola Friday, but it turned out to be a false alarm, according to an internal memo obtained by ABC News.

The patient was ultimately diagnosed with malaria, but Dr. Trich Perl, a senior epidemiologist at the hospital in Baltimore, wrote in a memo to her staff that those involved did a "remarkable job" identifying and isolating the patient as well as making sure a minimal number of people were at risk for contracting the virus.

"This is a 'wake up' call for all of us to recognize that we are vulnerable because of the patients we serve and our location," Perl wrote.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine said it could not provide more information because of patient confidentiality and federal privacy laws.

"Our staff trains frequently to ensure that the hospital is prepared for all types of scenarios," the hospital said in a statement to ABC News. "If a patient were to have suspected Ebola virus, the patient would be placed in isolation, staff would begin taking standard precautions, and the patient would be evaluated by our infectious disease specialists."

On Monday, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City announced that it was treating a possible Ebola patient who recently traveled to West Africa and was experiencing a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Doctors isolated the patient and sent blood samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing, but hospital officials said at a news conference Monday night that the patient was "unlikely" to have the deadly virus.

The CDC said it has tested blood samples from perhaps six people with possible Ebola symptoms who had recently traveled to West Africa.

The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone climbed to 887, the World Health Organization said Monday. 1,603 people have been infected, in all.

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