The man showed up Monday at the Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room on the Upper East Side with gastrointestinal symptoms and a high fever. He recently returned from traveling in one of the four African countries where the deadly disease has been confirmed.
A man who recently returned to New York City from a West African country is being tested for Ebola after showing up Monday at the Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room, the hospital said.
The unidentified man had gastrointestinal symptoms and a high fever Monday morning after visiting one of the four African countries where Ebola has been confirmed.
The man is in “strict isolation” and being tested to determine what is causing his sickness.
“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” the hospital said in a statement “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.”
Employees leaving the hospital told the Daily News that they knew nothing of the testing until they walked outside.
“We joke about it in there,” said a surgical technician who declined to give his name. “It’s a threat but it’s a threat that’s hundreds of miles away. If we’d known about this, I don’t think anyone would be joking about it.”
Nearly 900 people have died from Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Two Americans working in Liberia contracted the disease but were given an experimental serum that appears to have halted the deadly virus. Dr. Kent Brantly is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, while missionary Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday.