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"He's in good spirits" - New York hospital waits for test results on possible Ebola victim

Almost 900 people have died across west Africa in the deadliest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.

Mount Sinai hospital in New York City
Mount Sinai hospital in New York City
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THE NEW YORK hospital treating a man who may have contracted the Ebola virus has said the patient is stable and “in good spirits”.

In a statement, Mount Sinai hospital said that it has sent samples from the patient to Atlanta, Georgia, where the national Centre for Disease Control is based, to be tested.

Mount Sinai said it had been told that the testing should be completed within 24 to 48 hours.

The patient presented at the hospital early on Monday morning with fever and gastrointestinal symptoms after returning from a West African country where the deadly virus has been reported. He is being kept in isolation.

“No other patients have presented with similar symptoms and travel history to West Africa,” the statement says.

The hospital said it is “employing all necessary infection control measures to protect patients and staff”.

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Almost 900 people have died across west Africa in the deadliest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.

The World Bank has pledged $200 million to fight the outbreak as the virus spreads across four countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

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