NEW YORK (PIX11) – A child who was taken to the hospital with Ebola-like symptoms tested negative for the virus, health officials announced Monday evening.
Even though the boy tested negative, the Health Department will continue to test the boy for Ebola in the coming days as a precaution. The boy will also be tested for common respiratory viruses. Until all test results return, he will remain in isolation.
The unidentified 5-year-old boy was taken to Bellevue Hospital Sunday night after developing a fever. He recently returned to the United States from one of three West African nations affected by Ebola.
It was not immediately reported where the boy traveled, but sources told the New York Daily News that he was visiting relatives in Guinea.
The date of the boy's return to the United States was not immediately reported either, but Mayor de Blasio said in a news conference Monday morning that the child returned “very, very recently.”
The boy’s mother traveled with him and did not show any symptoms, which was an “encouraging sign,” Mayor de Blasio said.
There is currently only one Ebola patient in New York City. On Thursday, Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus days after returning from Guinea.
The chances of an average New Yorker contracting Ebola is very slim. The Health Department stresses the virus can only be spread through direct contact of bodily fluids from an Ebola patient.