Patient Isolated in Mount Sinai Tested Negative for Ebola, Officals Say
MANHATTAN — The man feared infected with the deadly Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease, Mount Sinai Hospital announced Wednesday afternoon.
"We would like to report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the patient kept in isolation ... has tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)," the hospital reported. "The patient is in stable condition, is improving, and remains in the care of our physicians and nurses."
The man, who returned last month from West Africa, was placed in "strict isolation" within seven minutes of checking in at the East Harlem center's emergency room early Monday morning, hospital spokeswoman Johanna Younghams said. The patient had complained of high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.
The hospital said the man underwent various medical tests to determine the cause of his symptoms.
The deadly Ebola epidemic has killed 887 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia in recent weeks, according to the World Health Organization.