A teenager from West Africa who became sick while visiting Florida caused Jackson Memorial Hospital to go on high alert on Sunday amid fears that they may have the deadly Ebola virus.
Officials said the patient took a taxi to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach after he became sick with flu-like symptoms. Miami Beach Fire Rescue then transferred him to Jackson for further tests.
Although a firm diagnosis takes 48 hours, medical experts said the probability of Ebola in this particular case is extremely low.
Authorities were however taking no chances on Sunday and called in the hazardous materials team, reports the Miami Herald.
Several police cars and rescue vehicles ringed Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson and the unit was quarantined for two hours following the teenager’s transfer.
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