Traveler From Mali in NYC May Have Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) -

A traveler from Mali was being tested for Ebola infection on Thursday at Bellevue Hospital, with results expected later in the day, health officials said.

Due to the patient’s symptoms and travel history, the person has been placed in isolation. Mali shares a border with Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by the virus. The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed at least 5,420 people since March.

The city health department has designated Bellevue, the country’s oldest public hospital, as the facility where any suspected Ebola patients in New York would be transferred.

Last week, the hospital discharged a New York doctor cured of Ebola, which he contracted treating patients in Guinea.