- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2014

A New York City hospital is testing a patient for Ebola after he presented to an emergency room with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, but according to one doctor, it is unlikely the patient has the deadly disease, The Associated Press reported.

Dr. Jeremy Boal says he hopes for a definitive answer in the next day or two, according to AP.

A man arrived at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s emergency department Monday morning presenting with symptoms of the deadly virus, according to a hospital statement. The patient had recently traveled to one of the West African countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak.

The hospital placed the patient in “strict isolation” and began testing to determine the cause of his symptoms, including a screening for Ebola. Mount Sinai also issued assurances it is taking all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the currently undiagnosed illness.

“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients,” the hospital wrote in a statement.

Experts have said that an Ebola outbreak in New York is unlikely, according to the New York Post.

The current Ebola outbreak is centered in three countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The World Health Organization reports that the death toll has reached 887, with more than 1,600 people infected with the disease since it re-emerged in Guinea this year.