The Mount Sinai patient who shocked New York City when he announced he was tested for Ebola isn't infected with the disease, the hospital confirmed in a statement.
“We would like to report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the patient kept in isolation since Monday, August 4, 2014 at The Mount Sinai Hospital has tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The patient is in stable condition, is improving, and remains in the care of our physicians and nurses.”
The patient, whose name has not be released, shocked much of the city when he went to the emergency room with "high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms" on Monday, Business Insider wrote. The chilling fact that he had just came back from a recent trip to West Africa prompted the hospital to test for Ebola.
Symptoms of Ebola include, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and often bleeding. The World Health Organization met on Wednesday to decide whether or not to recommend a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). If it were deemed Ebola was a PHEIC, it would mean there’s a possibility it would spread internationally and possibly require a “coordinated international response.”
Currently, an experimental drug called ZMapp is being used to treat two U.S. citizens who were infected with Ebola while in Liberia. Before now, the drug had only been used on primates. The patients appear to be improving, but it's still unknown if they will fully recover.
The current Ebola outbreak, which is centered in West Africa, has led to 1,711 suspected and confirmed cases and 932 deaths, according to the WHO.
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