The NY city health department announced today that the young boy being monitored for Ebola tested negative for the virus that has infected over 10,000 people and killed close to 5,000.
The five year old was being observed for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital in New York after returning from a trip to the West African country of Guinea with a fever over 100 degrees high.
Although the boy has tested negative, he will be held in observation until further testing confirms the initial results. The health department says he will also be subjected to respiratory virus testing. Even before the initial test results, the department was tracking down the boys contacts to determine their risk for Ebola.
The first confirmed case of Ebola in New York was that of Dr. Craig Spencer who had been monitoring himself after returning from Guinea after working with Doctors Without Borders. Since being diagnosed, he has received the required treatments along with antiviral therapy and plasma therapy.