Report: 6 Tested in NYC Tested for Ebola; News Withheld from Public

Report: 6 Tested in NYC Tested for Ebola; News Withheld from Public

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about six patients in New York City that were tested for Ebola and one who had recently traveled to Africa that is undergoing tests for the Ebola virus on Monday’s broadcast of “Wolf.” Gupta said, “I would guess by tomorrow sometime we’ll have a better idea” what malady the individual has.

He also pointed out that even though the patient isn’t in isolation, “This isn’t the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus. This is something that spreads only when somebody is very sick and they start to actually shed the virus in their bodily fluids. So, it’s somebody who comes in contact with those bodily fluids who is not protected. While we don’t know the particular story with this patient, we don’t know if in fact he has the Ebola infection, in terms of concern for the hospital population at large or the population around the hospital, it’s still very minimal.”

Gupta added, “There have been about a half-a-dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of the concern. Those particular patients, their stories were not made public. This patient was. I’m not sure if that’s because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly. But, again, we just can’t say for sure until the final tests come back and you know, they want to be sure on this. It takes about a day or so.” 

Anchor Wolf Blitzer concluded by pointing out that all of these six individuals tested negative for Ebola.

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