New York hospital in Ebola scare

Contagious disease ... The latest outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever in West Africa has k

Contagious disease … The latest outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever in West Africa has killed 729 people since March. Source: AP

A NEW York hospital has placed a patient in strict isolation after they complained of Ebola-like symptoms following a recent trip to West Africa.

Local media said the male patient came to Mount Sinai Hospital suffering from high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.

The patient had recently been in a country where the deadly virus has been reported, according to US ABC’s local Eyewitness News.

In a statement the hospital said the patient was undergoing medical screening to find out if he was suffering from the deadly virus.

The scare comes just two days after a US doctor was flown to Atlanta for treatment after contracting Ebola treating an outbreak in Liberia.

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Victim ... Dr Kent Brantly contracted Ebola while working in Liberia.

Victim … Dr Kent Brantly contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. Source: Getty Images

Dr Kent Brantly arrival on a medical plane on Saturday was thought to be the first time the deadly virus has been on American soil.

Another American health worker, Nancy Writebol, who is fighting for her life after contracting Ebola in the same outbreak in Liberia, was also expected to be flown back home.

The latest outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever in West Africa has killed 729 people of the more than 1300 infected since March.

The World Health Organization has said the fast-moving outbreak was causing “catastrophic” loss of life in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Originally published as New York hospital in Ebola scare