New York Hospital Patient Doesn’t Have Ebola, CDC Tests Show

Aug 06, 2014 6:27 pm ET

(Updates with hospital comments in second paragraph.)

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- A patient kept in isolation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on suspicion of having the Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease, according to a statement from the New York hospital.

“The patient is in stable condition, is improving, and remains in the care of our physicians and nurses,” the hospital said today in a statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that the patient wasn’t infected with the virus, the hospital said.

The patient, whose name hasn’t been made public, arrived at the emergency room early the morning of Aug. 4 with a fever and gastrointestinal problems after traveling recently to the region of Africa experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola on record. At the time, the hospital said it was unlikely the patient was infected with the virus and the move to isolation was from an abundance of caution.

The Ebola outbreak had sickened 1,711 people, killing 932 people as of Aug. 4, the WHO said today. Most of the cases are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa. Two deaths have been reported in Nigeria.

Ebola is spread between humans through direct contact with bodily fluids, including blood, urine and saliva. The disease, first reported in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, can cause bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose.

--With assistance from Angela Zimm in Boston.