By Shepard Ambellas
Test results to come back in 48 hours, CDC in possession of blood samples
NEW YORK (INTELLIHUB) — A man displaying possible Ebola-like symptoms was placed in quarantine Monday within minutes of arriving at Mt. Sinai Hospital where he admitted to doctors that he may have been stricken with Ebola after recently traveling from West Africa.
The man was apparently suffering from a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he entered the hospital.
A blood sample was extracted from the potentially infected man before being turned over to Center for Disease Control (CDC) officials for testing. However, testing for Ebola takes time, up to 48 hours, so for now officials are keeping statements vague.
Interestingly, Will Huntsberry reporting for the Wall Street Journal wrote:
Ross Wilson, the chief medical officer for the city’s Health and Hospital Corp., said people would be less likely to die from the disease in the U.S. than rural West Africa, because of treatments like breathing machines and anticlotting medication.
“The ability to survive Ebola is based on the level of life support that can be offered while it’s attacking various organs,” Dr. Wilson said.
Even so, if a full-blown pandemic were to occur medical facilities and medical personnel would be quickly overwhelmed. In fact, in most cases the “infected” or suspected to be infected would be taken to quarantine or detention facilities and would then likely be thrown in with hundreds of other infected individuals to suffer the same fate. And if you think I am joking I’m not. Obama has signed an Executive Order allowing the detention of sick Americans.
It’s also important to note, while reports say that it’s “unlikely” the man actually has Ebola, some like myself have to question why he was put so quickly into an isolation unit by hospital staff.
So far the death toll from the recent outbreak, which has occurred mostly in West Africa, has nearly reached 900.
Airports and authorities worldwide remain on heightened alert.
New York patient being tested for Ebola — CNN
About the author:
Shepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.