NEW YORK (PIX11) - Two more patients with Ebola-like symptoms were taken to Bellevue Hospital, hospital officials said Monday.
A spokesman told PIX11 Monday, however, that there are no cases of Ebola at the hospital. Bellevue alone has handled at least 29 suspected cases of Ebola in the last two months. None of the patients actually had the deadly virus.
The hospital issued the following statement regarding the latest scare:
There are no patients at Bellevue with Ebola. Two patients there this morning were evaluated and it was quickly determined they did not have the virus. Because of the heightened alert, hospitals will be using enhanced scrutiny and an abundance of caution when reviewing questionable cases, and are meticulously following all public health and CDC protocols.
Mayor Bill de Blasio reaffirmed that statement Monday, adding that Bellevue is in a "high state of readiness," adding, "we are ready for anything."
If anyone entering the city is diagnosed with Ebola, Bellevue would likely be the next stop as the city's premiere public hospital.
The latest scare comes one day after a Texas nurse who treated the first U.S. Ebola patient was also diagnosed with the disease. Texas Health Presbyterian officials confirmed that the nurse, 26-year-old Nina Pham, was wearing protective gear when she was infected.
The CDC initially blamed a "possible breach in safety protocol." On Monday, CDC Director Tom Frieden apologized after some felt it sounded like he was blaming a health worker who was risking her own life to save a patient's. "I feel awful that a health care worker became infected in the care of an Ebola patient. She was there trying to help the first patient survive."AlertMe