‘Ebola’ boy, 5, isolated in NYC

Written By komlim puldel on Senin, 27 Oktober 2014 | 20.01

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state wants to encourage health workers to go to West Africa to treat Ebola, amid concerns about the impact of new state rules on mandatory quarantines. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Under observation ... a boy, five, with possible Ebola symptoms is being observed at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Picture: Getty Images/AFP Source: AFP

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who just returned from West Africa is in isolation at a New York City hospital after showing symptoms of Ebola, according to law enforcement sources.

The child was vomiting and had a 39.4-degree fever when he was carried from his home by emergency workers wearing hazmat suits, neighbours said.

"He looked weak," said a neighbour. "He was really, really out of it."

ABC 7 reported the boy is being observed in isolation but has not been quarantined.

The boy returned to New York with his family from Guinea on Saturday night, and five members of the family were being quarantined inside their apartment, sources said.

The boy was taken to Bellevue Hospital where US Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer is currently being treated.

Victim ... Dr Craig Spencer, 33, is currently being treated for Ebola in New York City. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Nurses working in teams of two are currently treating Dr Spencer, "with one serving as a buddy watching the other," said Health and Hospitals Corporation spokeswoman Ana Marengo.

Officials said the 33-year-old Médecins Sans Frontières volunteer — who worked with Ebola patients in Guinea — has entered the next stage of the illness with gastrointestinal symptoms. He is in a stable condition.

Dr Spencer received antiviral therapy soon after being admitted on Thursday and has also reportedly been administered plasma from Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, an aid worker who contracted the disease in Africa.


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