Man tested for Ebola at New York City hospital
NEW YORK — A man who recently traveled to Africa is being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital.
A patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City was being tested after being admitted to the facility with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a statement from the hospital on Monday.
He had recently traveled to a country in West Africa where Ebola has been reported. The patient was placed in strict isolation, and doctors are working to determine the cause of his symptoms.
The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which refers to a group of viruses that affect multiple organ systems in the body and are often accompanied by bleeding.
Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. They later progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function — and sometimes internal and external bleeding.
For more information on Ebola, visit the World Health Organization website.