Another day, another reminder that this is going to be a long, panicky fall: a Brooklyn teen was hospitalized after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms late on Friday. The 14-year-old, who had recently returned to the US after a trip to Sudan, had a fever and was complaining about feeling flush. He was taken to Brookdale University Hospital, isolated from other patients and given a barrage of tests, but the News reports that he has been cleared of Ebola.

The teen apparently fell ill while on a two-week trip to Sudan in northern Africa; he was even hospitalized there, according to News sources. A neighbor told them the boy and his family go there every summer. Other sources told the Post the family may have "lied on a sheet all travelers are required to fill out following trips to infected regions."

This is one of several Ebola scares to litter the headlines this week. That included a man who vomited on a flight freaking out fellow passengers; a quarantined Newark flight; a passenger who joked about having Ebola; and a Harlem man who was hospitalized at Bellevue on Wednesday with similarly unfounded Ebola-like symptoms. Also, a Brooklyn health clinic was temporary shutdown on Thursday over a patient showing possible Ebola symptoms.

Starting today, JFK will begin an additional layer of Ebola-specific screening at JFK International (as well as at international airports in Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Atlanta). Officials note that those airports receive more than 90 percent of passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the places worst-affected by the outbreak. Experts tell CNN this is probably more to calm the public than anything else: "I think they offer some margin of, I don't know, peace of mind for the public," said Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Coming Plague. "So I see this more as something to calm the nerves of the American people, the British people, the French people and so on, rather than actual screening," she said.

While NYC officials have gone out of their way this week to assuage fears about Ebola and their preparedness, it doesn't seem everyone got the memo. A cop source told the News that the NYPD hadn’t been given instructions on how to handle Ebola patients. "No one calls 911 and says, 'Can I get help, I think I have Ebola,'" the source said. "Usually they say they have the flu or they’re sick. So we show up and they sneeze on us and we bring the disease home to our families. The next thing you have is an epidemic."