[UPDATE BELOW] A Bed-Stuy resident who recently returned from West Africa has been taken to a local hospital with Ebola-like symptoms. The man, who returned from Mali on Nov. 14th, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital after he began suffering from nausea, chills, and body aches today.
"An individual who came to the United States from Mali, a country with limited Ebola transmission, was taken to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center today," the Department Of Health said in a statement about the patient, whose name hasn't been released. "Due to the individual’s travel history and symptoms, the patient has been isolated, and an Ebola test will be performed. Results are expected later today."
Local council members Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and Laurie A. Cumbo released a joint statement about the man:
Central Brooklyn is home to many New Yorkers who are part of the African diaspora. Thus, we have been focused on the ebola crisis in West Africa both in prayer and in action, sponsoring a public health education forum focused on ebola and enterovirus in the 36th district just last week. We do not yet know if our community member is suffering from ebola or if his symptoms are due to another issue. Whatever the case may be, we are grateful that our city is well prepared to give him proven treatment of the highest quality while also protecting others who may be at risk. We encourage our constituents to maintain their compassionate focus on the well-being of us all. Anyone concerned that they have been exposed to ebola through travel or other means should call 911 to access a medical response, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay. Others with questions or concerns may call 311 or our offices to be added to the contact list for future public health related outreach efforts.
UPDATE 11/21/14 8:35 a.m.: The first tests have come back negative. The NYC Health Department issued this statement: "The test result is negative. Patient will remain in isolation. Because in early Ebola Virus Disease initial tests may be negative, the patient will have further Ebola tests in the coming days to confirm today’s negative result."