CDC confirms: New York patient has tested negative for Ebola

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A man who was placed in strict isolation and tested for Ebola at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital this week has tested negative, according to the hospital.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Mount Sinai said that the Centers for Disease Control and Protection “determined that the patient kept in isolation since Monday” is not infected with the deadly disease.

The man, according to the statement, “is in stable condition, is improving, and remains in the care of our physicians and nurses.”

The male patient had come to the Manhattan hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning with high fever and gastrointestinal problems. He had recently returned from a West African country where Ebola has been reported.

Early Monday evening, city health officials announced that the patient was “unlikely to have Ebola,” but that CDC test results were still pending.

The confirmation of a negative test came hours after the World Health Organization announced that the worst Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 932 people in four West African countries.

The WHO also said Wednesday that it will convene a panel next week to discuss the use of experimental Ebola drugs to combat the outbreak that is ravaging Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and has now spread into Nigeria, too.

J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.
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