NYC hospital testing patient for possible Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hospital says it is performing Ebola tests on a patient who recently traveled to West Africa.

Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says a male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in Monday.

The hospital says it placed the patient in strict isolation. The patient is undergoing medical screenings.

The report comes as officials at U.S. airports are watching travelers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak.

The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has sickened more than 1,300 in Africa, killing more than 700 mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood or urine.

Health officials say the threat to Americans remains small.

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