I admit, the Ebola thing is a bit scary, but let’s keep calm.
A man who had recently been to West Africa went to the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan late Sunday with symptoms consistent with Ebola — high fever and gastrointestinal problems, the hospital reported on Monday.
He is being kept in isolation at the hospital while tests are being done for Ebola, a virulent viral disease, but also for other illnesses that could cause his symptoms.
As to whether other patients who were in Mount Sinai’s emergency room on Sunday night were at risk, Ms. Klissas said by email, “All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.” But she declined to say what those steps were.
In a statement to employees, hospital officials said that Ebola was spread only by direct contact with bodily fluids, and that infection control measures were being employed to protect patients and staff.
Another man in New York was committed to a different New York hospital with Ebola-like symptoms too after a screening at Kennedy International Airport. However, it quickly turned out the man had not contracted the Ebola-virus.
Ian Michaels, spokesman for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, says they are on alert and are currently taking steps to follow CDC guidelines to look for anyone who might be contaminated with the virus.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine for the virus, which makes the Ebola virus an extremely dangerous one and has a mortality rate of somewhere between 50-90%.