Ebola suspected in NYC hospital patient, Saudi man being tested for infection

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – A male patient at the Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH) in New York City is being tested for Ebola infection on Tuesday after he showed symptoms of the disease.

The man had just traveled to West Africa, where outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus have killed more than 800 people since March, was admitted to the Manhattan hospital on Monday, when he experienced high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.

The man was confined in an isolation room of MSH while results of his tests are awaited. Dr. Jeremy Boal, chief medical officer of the MSH System, said the patient is unlikely to be ill from Ebola.

Meanwhile, a Saudi man was also admitted to a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday night for showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever, the kingdom’s Minister of Health said on Tuesday.

The man, 40, had traveled to Sierra Leone, one of the West African countries hit by Ebola outbreaks. His condition is critical so he was transferred to a tertiary care center with advanced isolation and infection-control capabilities.

The Ministry of Health is not ruling out the possibility that the man is infected with a virus other than Ebola such as yellow fever, Alkhumra or another virus.

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