DOCTOR TRANSPORTED FROM UWS TO BELLEVUE; HAD BEEN TO LIBERIA (UPDATE: HE TESTED NEGATIVE)

Update, Wednesday morning: he tested negative for Ebola.

A doctor who had recently traveled to West Africa was transported to Bellevue from West 70th street on Tuesday. The 58-year-old was feeling ill, raising concerns about possible Ebola exposure, according to ABC News. He’s been put in isolation.

Health officials say the individual did not have contact with Ebola patients while in West Africa, and was asymptomatic upon return.

He was said to have been feeling sick with gastrointestinal issues and feeling a little incoherent, and contacted the hospital.

Due to his travel history and current symptoms, the patient has been isolated, according to the health department.

It’s not yet clear whether he’ll be tested for Ebola (doctors sometimes can rule it out using other factors). We’ll update when we hear more.

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    1. zeus says:

      Ban ALL travels from West Africa to the states.

      • UWS-er says:

        Oh, calm down. How many people have died from ebola in the US? 1. ONE. The flu kills roughly 36,000 people in the US every year.

        • Scott says:

          I love comments like this. Like we should just accept Ebola in our lives, since it’s inevitable! Let’s welcome our new killer epidemic and make it feel right at home. After all, we already die from other stuff!

          While we’re at it, why not import the Marburg virus here from Africa as well? I hear it’s wonderful and will culturally enrich all our lives.

        • zeus says:

          So, you fly from West Africa to Europe and then board a plane to the states.
          OK, but in your passport it shows when you left West Africa, or wherever you came from.
          New rule: If you came to Europe, or any other place on the way to the USA, and it has been less than one month since you left West Africa – sorry buddy, ya gotta wait until at least one month has passed.
          Better be safe than sorry.
          All we need is a few cases with live Ebola entering the country, and before you know it thousands are infected.

          So please UWS – don’t tell me to calm down.
          I am calmed down.
          You are asleep at the wheel old chum.
          Wake up and smell the coming epidemic.

          • UWS-er says:

            Right. The coming epidemic. And Y2K will cause chaos and destroy civilizations.

            • zeus says:

              What can destroy a civilization is a-holes like you, Mr. UWS.
              Ignoring a potential disaster is welcoming it.
              Merry Christmas to one and all and I am glad the test is negative, however – when a positive one will arrive, as it will, remember where you stood on it.

      • Upper West Side Wally says:

        And a traveler from ‘West Africa’, who flies in through, say, London after a few weeks?

        • whatsupduck says:

          Well, that’s the whole issue with proposed containment: It doesn’t work because, as you so aptly note, a lot of people stop over in Europe before heading over here.

          • zeus says:

            So, you fly from West Africa to Europe and then board a plane to the states.
            OK, but in your passport it shows when you left West Africa, or wherever you came from.
            New rule: If you came to Europe, or any other place on the way to the USA, and it has been less than one month since you left West Africa – sorry buddy, ya gotta wait until at least one month has passed.
            Better be safe than sorry.
            All we need is a few cases with live Ebola entering the country, and before you know it thousands are infected.
            So please UWS – don’t tell me to calm down.
            I am calmed down.
            You are asleep at the wheel old chum.
            Wake up and smell the coming epidemic.

            • UWS-er says:

              Can’t reply to the comment you made above (“when a positive one will arrive, as it will, remember where you stood on it”) so doing it here: Of course a positive one will arrive, as they have before. We’re prepared, though. Banning anyone from West Africa isn’t the solution. Panic and hysteria isn’t the solution. And where I stood is exactly where I stood months ago, when everyone seemed to be convinced Ebola was about to wipe us all out. It was silly then and it’s silly now.

      • Sami Beth says:

        LOL.

        you’re ignorant.

    2. NikFromNYC says:

      Ebola is potent since like HIV it diabolically attacks the immune system itself in order to overwhelm the body, unlike simpler viruses like the flu, but unlike HIV or herpes it isn’t a retrovirus that can hide out long term by inserting its genetic code into our own so a vaccine or treatment should be forthcoming. It was so rare before that no big treatment program was carried out like is now in progress.

      -=NikFromNYC=-, Ph.D. in chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)

      P.S. Here is the snakelike ebola beasty at the molecular scale, showing how well it is already understood:

      http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/data/baylor-sep2014/images/ebola-virus.png

    3. DMH says:

      Happy Christmas, it’s only dysentery. πŸ™‚ Glad he is okay on Ebola… thank you to the first responders!