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Walk-in ER Patient Tested For Ebola At Mt. Sinai In NYC

From the ABC News New York City affiliate, WABC:

Mount Sinai patient tested for Ebola virus

August 04, 2014

UPPER EAST SIDE (WABC) — Mount Sinai Hospital is performing tests on a patient who had recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported, the hospital says. A male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came to the hospital’s emergency room on Monday morning, officials said.

The hospital says 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. 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 wrote in a statement…

Were all the people in the waiting room rounded up, as well?

The New York City Department of Health said, "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."

Testing for Ebola is done at the CDC. According to a CDC spokesperson testing for Ebola takes 1-2 days after they receive the samples…

That’s funny, the authorities were able to pronounce that the woman from Sierra Leona who dropped dead at Gatwick didn’t have Ebola within hours. They said her tests came back negative, and they didn’t take 1-2 days. British medicine must be far ahead of ours.

Federal agents at U.S. airports are watching travelers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak, as delegations from some 50 countries arrive in the nation’s capital for a leadership summit this week. Border patrol agents at Washington’s Dulles International and New York’s JFK airport in particular have been told to ask travelers about possible exposure to the virus and to be on the lookout for anyone with a fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash or red eyes."…

Because the BP doesn’t have enough to do at the moment.

If a passenger is suspected of carrying the deadly virus, they would be quarantined immediately and evaluated by medical personnel, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provided the additional training to local airports…

And what happens to the rest of the people on the plane? Wouldn’t it just be easier to stop all flights from the countries in question? (Just kidding, of course. That would be racist.)

While the CDC says it is not screening passengers boarding planes at African airports – the job of local authorities there – the center said it has encouraged vulnerable countries to follow certain precautions. Outbound passengers in the countries experiencing Ebola are being screened for fevers and with health questionnaires…

Sure they are.

Meanwhile from Reuters:

White House: No plans to stop flights from Ebola-stricken nations

The White House said there are no plans for the United States to ban incoming flights from western Africa nations where the Ebola outbreak has occurred.

After all, maybe the Ebola virus is also a refugee. Maybe it wants to flee the poverty and violence of Africa, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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