MANHATTAN — A man tested for the Ebola virus at Mount Sinai Hospital Monday morning is unlikely to have the disease, city health and hospital officials 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," officials said.
The patient who complained about a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came to the East Harlem medical center's emergency room early Monday morning, spokeswoman Johanna Younghams said.
The hospital said the man had been placed in "strict isolation" within seven minutes of entering the building and underwent various medical tests 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," according to the hospital statement.
The patient returned from West Africa in July, Mount Sinai President Dr. David Reich said during a Monday evening press conference. The man did not have any of the known risk factors to be associated with the virus, a source said.
New Yorkers worried about contracting the disease should rest assured that the risk factor is minimal even to those who came in contact with the patient.
"There's no risk to them from casual contact," Reich said.
The deadly Ebola epidemic has killed 887 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia in recent weeks, according to the World Health Organization.