A man was admitted to a New York City hospital Monday with symptoms similar to those of Ebola and was being tested though odds are he is not infected, officials said. In the early morning hours of Monday, a male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms presented at The Mount Sinai Hospital's Emergency Department in New York City, said its president David Reich. The patient recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported, he added without naming the country. It's much more likely it's a much more common condition," Reich said, noting that testing and confirmation with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta would take 48-72 hours.
Hopes of finding a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus shifted on Monday to a small California-based biotech company whose experimental drug has been used to treat two American missionary workers. The drug, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, was used to treat two aid workers, one from the Samaritan's Purse group and the other from Christian mission group SIM USA, who were exposed to the disease in Liberia, according to a U.S. government health official. The Samaritan Purse aid worker, Dr Kent Brantly, returned to the United States on Saturday for medical care, and his colleague Nancy Writebol of SIM USA is due to fly back via medical aircraft on Tuesday. Samaritan's Purse said both the aid workers received the experimental treatment while in Liberia.
The World Bank on Monday announced up to $200 million in emergency assistance to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The funding will also help the countries improve their public health systems and cope with the economic impact of the crisis, the Washington-based lender said in a statement. Guinea's economic growth could fall a full percentage point to 3.5 percent due to the epidemic, according to the World Bank and IMF's initial assessment.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel appeared to be winding down a blistering monthlong military campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, pulling out more ground troops and imposing a brief pause in airstrikes, as Egyptian-led diplomatic efforts to end the fighting gained steam. Palestinian officials said a cease-fire deal appeared imminent.