After Tuesday’s Ebola update news conference in New York, confusion reigned on the “six” patients reportedly being treated for possible Ebola infections in the Big Apple. Breitbart News has learned that the confusion stems from there not being six potential Ebola cases in New York– it seems that the CDC was talking about six patients nationwide, meaning the scare has spread across the country.
In a report on Tuesday, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta cited the CDC saying that there were six patients being watched for the deadly virus. From there news agencies across the country reported that there were six just in New York. Gupta did not specify New York, though, and it seems that his words were misconstrued by subsequent reports.
A few hours after the conference, New York’s Mt. Sinai corrected the record in a press release, saying that contrary to recent reports, “there is only one patient currently at Mount Sinai being tested for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).”
Sources in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed that there was only one patient in New York City who was isolated for fear of the virus.
As to the five other patients, ABC News reported on Tuesday that “The CDC said has tested blood samples from six people with possible Ebola symptoms who had recently traveled to West Africa.” The report did not specify where all six patients were, but did not suggest they were all in New York. In fact, the same ABC report mentions a case in Ohio, where a woman tested negative for the virus.
Additionally, the CDC reported that one patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland was tested for Ebola. While testing negative for Ebola, the woman was found to have contracted malaria.
This leaves three patients across the country that have been tested for Ebola, with the CDC not stating whether they tested positively or negatively, or where they are.
Breitbart News has reached out to the CDC to request more information on these three cases– particularly location and viral status. No reply has been received at press time.
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