Brooklyn man in NYC Ebola scare: Experience was ‘surreal’

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NEW YORK (AP) — A 27-year-old man who tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus says the experience of being quarantined at a New York City hospital until he was medically cleared was “surreal.”

Eric Silverman tells the Daily News that even his friends thought he was joking when he told them he was the patient at the center of the virus scare.

Eric Silverman, a 27-year-old Brooklyn grad student who returned from Sierra Leone in July, is the man who was quarantined at Mount Sinai Medical Center after showing Ebola-like symptoms. (Photo via New York Daily News)

Eric Silverman, a 27-year-old Brooklyn man was quarantined at Mount Sinai Medical Center after showing Ebola-like symptoms after returning from Sierra Leone. (Photo via New York Daily News)

Silverman says he had been working in Sierra Leone for a few months and had returned home in mid-July. He came down with a high fever and gastrointestinal issues and was placed in isolation at Mount Sinai Health System last week. Doctors didn’t think it was likely he had Ebola, but tested him and kept him quarantined as a precaution.

The Brooklyn resident starts graduate school next month.