As areas across much of West Africa struggle to combat an ongoing outbreak of the often deadly Ebola virus, concern among Americans of a possible outbreak in the U.S. has grown. According to a report this week, a man recently admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York is potentially carrying the contagious pathogen.
“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” the facility asserted in a statement Monday. “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.”
A New York Post report confirms the man is suffering from a high fever and intestinal distress. He also recently visited a region of Africa hit by the current Ebola outbreak.
Mount Sinai indicates he is being isolated from other patients as he undergoes testing to determine his diagnosis.
At least two Americans abroad – a doctor and missionary both serving in Liberia – have contracted the virus. The former is being treated at an Atlanta hospital at which the latter is set to arrive for treatment in the near future.
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Worldwide, more than 1,600 individuals have contracted the virus since the first case in this major outbreak was documented earlier this year in Guinea. Nearly 900 have died as a result.
While nearly all of the cases since have been contained within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, officials say Nigeria recently reported the second confirmed victim of the disease in that country. Though the threat of a widespread outbreak in the U.S. is minimal, the Post indicates international airports are being monitored for travelers with potential symptoms of infection.
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The virus, which is spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, is recognized by signs such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting and internal bleeding. For more information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Twitter account is answering questions from the public here.
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