NEW YORK — A man who recently visited West Africa and had a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms was placed in isolation at a New York hospital on Monday and was being tested for possible Ebola but likely doesn't have it, health officials said.
"Odds are, this is not Ebola," said Dr. Jeremy Boal, chief medical officer at Mount Sinai Health System in Manhattan.
Boal said he expected a definitive answer about the man's condition within a day or two.
The man, who recently traveled to a country where Ebola has been reported, was ill when he arrived at Mount Sinai Medical Center early Monday.
The city's Department of Health echoed what Mount Sinai hospital officials said, that "the patient is unlikely to have Ebola." It said more testing was being done for common causes of illness and to definitively exclude Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said three Americans in the United States were tested for Ebola since the West African outbreak erupted this year and those results were negative.
Officials at U.S. airports are watching travelers from Africa for flulike symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak there.
Health officials say the threat to Americans at home remains relatively small. But border patrol agents at airports in New York and Washington have been told to ask travelers about possible exposure to the virus and to be on the lookout for anyone with a fever, a headache, achiness, a sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, a rash or red eyes.