Suspected Ebola patient isolated in New York City hospital

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 6, 2014

A patient at a New York hospital remained in isolation Tuesday as doctors awaited test results to determine if the man contracted the Ebola virus, according to a report from WABC-TV.

The virus, for which there is no known cure, causes flu-like respiratory symptoms and a fever, and eventually leads to severe hemorrhaging and organ failure. It is not contagious through the air or water, but through contact with bodily fluids, making healthcare workers especially at risk. It has killed more than 800 people in Africa.

That patient walked into the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital unannounced Monday afternoon showing signs of high fever and gastrointestinal problems. He apparently had just returned from a trip to West Africa. The hospital took isolation measures immediately, according to reports, although health officials were quoted saying it’s highly unlikely the patient has Ebola.