NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- A patient admitted to a New York City hospital with fever and gastrointestinal symptoms after a visit to West Africa has tested negative for the Ebola virus, the hospital said on Wednesday.
"We would like to report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the patient kept in isolation since Monday at the Mount Sinai Hospital has tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease," the hospital said in a statement.
The patient, who traveled recently to a West Africa country where Ebola had been reported, was in a stable condition and was improving, the statement added.
Ebola, which spreads through bodily fluids, has killed 932 people and affected over 1,700 others this year in four Western African countries -- Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- As a "secret serum" called ZMapp emerged as the primary treatment of two American aid workers infected with Ebola in West Africa, experts warned that it is too early to tell if the treatment is effective.
International attention has turned to the experimental drug known as ZMapp, developed by San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical and manufactured by Owensboro-based Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP), because Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly disease while treating patients in Liberia, seemed to be improving after they were treated with the medication. Full story
LAGOS, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government on Wednesday described the Ebola outbreak in the country as a national emergency.
Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu said this at an emergency meeting convened by the House of Representatives Committee on Health over the Ebola outbreak in Abuja, the nation's capital city. Full story