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5-Year-Old N.Y. Boy Under Hospital Observation for Ebola

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A 5-year-old boy who recently arrived from Guinea is in isolation at a New York hospital after his caregivers reported he had a high fever and was vomiting.

New York emergency medical workers transported the child, whose fever reached 103 degrees F, to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, according to ABC News. He is currently being tested for the Ebola virus, the New York Daily News reported.

The boy had just returned with his mother, who is showing no similar symptoms, after a month-long visit with family in the West African country. Guinea is among three nations where the Centers for Disease Control advises against any non-essential travel. There have been 926 Ebola deaths and 1,553 confirmed cases in Guinea, according to the CDC.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that the boy is with his mother at the hospital. Neither showed any symptoms when the left Guinea, nor when they arrived in New York on a Moroccan airline flight. De Blasio said the fact that this boy's mother, 40, shows no symptoms is encouraging. The boy's 52-year-old father and his three siblings have also been isolated for observation.

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Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital is treating a confirmed U.S. Ebola patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, who returned recently from Guinea, where he helped treat Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders. Spencer, reported to be in serious condition but showing signs of improvement, was criticized for taking public transportation and going bowling, though he had not yet shown any symptoms of the disease. Ebola is only transmittable, health officials say, when symptoms such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea are exhibited.

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