NYC Puts Bronx Boy, 5, Under Ebola Watch

Child under observation at Bellevue Hospital, family quarantined
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2014 8:24 AM CDT
NYC Puts Bronx Boy, 5, Under Ebola Watch
The driver of an ambulance wears protective clothing while transporting Amber Vinson, the second healthcare worker who contracted Ebola to a Dallas airport.   (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Ebola may have infected another New Yorker—a 5-year-old Bronx boy who returned from Guinea with his family on Saturday, ABC reports. The boy is currently under observation at Bellevue Hospital, but hasn't been diagnosed with Ebola and isn't under quarantine, officials say. The boy has been in the hospital since yesterday, when his fever spiked to 103 degrees and he began vomiting. EMTs in Hazmat suits took him from his home and five of his family members are now under quarantine in their apartment, adds the New York Post. "He looked weak. He was really, really out of it," a neighbor tells the paper. Meanwhile, Dr. Craig Spencer—still the only confirmed New Yorker with Ebola—"is entering the next phase of his illness," a hospital spokesman tells WABC, which reports he's awake and communicating. (More ebola stories.)

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