NYC: 5-year-old boy may have Ebola, awaiting confirmation, contacts being traced

5-year-old removed from apartment by health workers in HAZMAT suits

By Shepard Ambellas | Intellihub.com
(Photo Credit: Roman Lakoubtchik/Flickr)
(Photo Credit: Roman Lakoubtchik/Flickr)

NEW YORK CITY — Emergency responders equipped with full protective gear rushed a 5-year-old boy, who recently traveled back to the U.S. from the West-African country of Guinea, to Bellevue Hospital Sunday night after he displayed symptoms common to Ebola.

Reports indicate that the boy started feeling feverish around 7 a.m. Monday morning adding concern.

Health investigators are now tracking down anyone who may have had contact with the boy and people who reside in the boys apartment were reported to have been forced to quarantine inside immediately after the discovery.

The New York Post reports:

Many residents in the six-story building told The Post that they were unaware of the situation and that the building has not yet been decontaminated.

“I saw the workers suited up taking the boy out,” said first-floor resident Tawana Johnson, 36, who took the video. “He looked out of it. I hope he’ll be OK. They’re a nice, hardworking family. … I heard he was playing with the neighbor’s kids and she sent them to school today.”

                  (Video Source: YouTube/NYPost/Tawana Johnson)

So far Dr. Craig Spencer remains the only person to officially be diagnosed with Ebola in NYC.

Sources:

5-Year-Old in New York Is Being Tested for Ebola — New York Times

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