Please don’t tell me Ebola has hit NYC!
An unidentified patient is being treated at a Manhattan hospital for symptoms of Ebola after he returned from West Africa with symptoms. The patient complaining of high fever and gastrointestinal distress – was placed in “strict isolation” at Mount Sinai Hospital while he underwent a battery of tests for the virus, according to The New York Post.
The hospital expects to see results with Tuesday or Wednesday.
Neighbors of the Upper East Side hospital were on edge as news circulated of the potential Ebola patient. “It’s scary — very, very scary,” said Lily Ayala, 58, who lives across the street from the medical center. “It’s contagious, and people out here don’t know about it. It’s bad because everyone just sits in the ER together. If you’re going to get it, you’re going to get it right there.”
By Monday evening officals said it was “unlikely” that the patient contracted the fatal virus. “It’s much more likely that it’s a much more common condition, and we’re ruling those things out as well,” Mount Sinai’s Chief Medical Officer Jeremy Boal said.
Patients in the waiting room will not have to go under testing but the hospital is advising his family how they can screen themselves. Symptoms of the disease, which has a fatality rate of about 60 percent,
include fever, red eyes, severe diarrhea, vomiting and internal bleeding, according to the World Health Organization. The virus spreads through bodily fluid.
Dr. John Wolff, a physician for infectious diseases at Mount Sinai, didn’t know the specifics of this particular case but is familiar with the disease and said hospitals are not going to “panic.”
Another patient was isolated at Bellevue Hospital last week after arriving from a trip to West Africa with symptoms. He was screened at John F. Kennedy International Airport and taken to the hospital. But his fever cleared up within a day — and it was determined that he had not caught Ebola, rports The New York Times.
Experts say an Ebola outbreak in the US is highly unlikely but the feds are still looking at American international travelers with flu like symptoms. So far Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are bearing the burden of having the largest outbreak in history with 887 deaths, according to the WHO. A second case of Ebola was detected in Nigeriam, a doctor that treated a patient in Liberia.
Please stay safe, even if the outbreak doesn’t happen in the US, be sure to wash your hands often and use disinfectants often.
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