Teenager with ‘Ebola-like’ symptoms quarantined in Miami: Tested Negative

 

  • A West African teenager became sick while visiting Miami Beach on Sunday and his family grew concerned that he may have Ebola
  • The unnamed person was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for tests and the hazardous materials team called in 
  • A test performed by the Department of Health came back negative on Monday
  • The results have now been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a final test 

A teenager from West Africa who became sick while visiting Florida on holiday caused Jackson Memorial Hospital to go on high alert on Sunday amid fears that he may have the deadly Ebola virus.

Officials said the patient took a taxi to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach after he became sick with flu-like symptoms. Miami Beach Fire Rescue then transferred him to Jackson for further tests.

A test performed by the Department of Health came back negative on Monday morning, but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said the results were being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a final test.

‘Thank God it was negative,’ Levine told WSVN. ‘If there were to be anything above and beyond a general sickness, we need to be able to protect our residents and our tourists, and all the teams worked well together.’

Authorities were taking no chances on Sunday and called in the hazardous materials team.

 

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.