50 US experts head to West Africa to contain outbreak of Ebola

Man tested for Ebola in NYC – Published on Russia Today RT, August 04, 2014.

A man in New York City was tested for Ebola after traveling to West Africa. The news comes shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it will send 50 staffers to the region over the next month to combat the deadly outbreak.

Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan performed tests on the male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the hospital said in a statement. He arrived in the emergency room Monday morning, and had previously traveled to one of the West African countries where Ebola has been reported.  

“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.

ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser cautioned that the patient may not have Ebola, but said the hospital is taking the correct steps by following CDC recommendations and placing the man in strict isolation, according to WABC-TV, “Many things cause fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” he said. “The steps they are taking are wise given the travel history, but nothing about the symptoms is specific to Ebola.”

By a Monday evening press conference, however, Mt. Sinai officials concluded, “Odds are it’s not Ebola.” The hospital is still testing specimens from the patient for common causes of illness.

“It’s much more likely that this is a much more common condition,” said Dr. Jeremy Boal, the hospital’s chief medical officer.

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… International response:

The WHO announced on Friday that it plans to fly hundreds more medical staff into West Africa, the Los Angeles Times reported. Those workers will attempt to stem the spread of the disease and trace those people who had come into contact with infected patients.

On Monday, the World Bank announced up to $200 million in emergency assistance to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Reuters reported. The funding will also assist the three countries in improving their public health systems and help them alleviate the economic impact of the disease. (Guinea’s economic growth could fall a full percentage point to 3.5 percent due to the epidemic, according to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s initial assessment.)

In the three countries, more than 60 local medical staff ‒ about eight percent of all fatalities ‒ have died, according to the Times. Among the dead are Liberia’s Dr. Samuel Brisbane and Dr. Sheikh Umar Khan, a top Sierra Leone doctor who treated dozens of patients.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks: In Nzara, Sudan and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the WHO. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name … //

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