Report: 5-Year-Old Boy from Guinea Being Observed in NYC for Possible Ebola Symptoms

Report: 5-Year-Old Boy from Guinea Being Observed in NYC for Possible Ebola Symptoms

(Reuters) – A 5-year-old boy who arrived from Guinea was being observed in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City for possible Ebola symptoms, according to media reports Monday, as New York and New Jersey stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning from countries hardest hit by the virus.

The boy, who arrived in the United States on Saturday, had a 103 degree Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) fever, ABC News reported. He has not been tested for the virus and was not under quarantine, ABC said, citing New York City health department officials.

The New York Post said the boy had been vomiting and was taken from his home in the Bronx by emergency medical workers.

Four people have been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. The first diagnosis, a Liberian visitor to Texas in September who died, was riddled with missteps. Two nurses who treated the man contracted the disease but have recovered.

The missteps and delays in diagnosis of the Liberian man prompted some states to impose or consider restrictions on travelers coming from the West African countries where the virus has killed nearly 5,000 people.

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