Health officials have announced that the 5-year-old boy from New York who was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with symptoms of Ebola has tested negative for the virus. He had recently returned from Guinea in West Africa, adding to fears that he could have contracted the highly-contagious virus.
The city’s health department issued the test results in a statement:
“Out of an abundance of caution, further negative Ebola tests are required on subsequent days to ensure that the patient is cleared. The patient will also be tested for common respiratory viruses. The patient will remain in isolation until all test results have returned. As a further precaution, the health department’s team of disease detectives has begun to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk.”
It is possible that the child could test positive for the virus in coming days, as Ebola may lie dormant in a host’s system for up to 21 days. He will remain at Bellevue, the designated Ebola treatment facility in New York, with his mother by his side. “The mother has no symptoms whatsoever,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The New York Times reported:
Children are particularly prone to dehydrating quickly, so they are generally more vulnerable than adults with any kind of illness that results in the loss of bodily fluids, according to experts.
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