A Kennedy Airport passenger who arrived Tuesday from Sierra Leone with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the virus, officials from the hospital network that treated the traveler said Wednesday.
The passenger had fever and upper respiratory problems and had been taken as a precaution late Tuesday night to Bellevue Hospital Center to determine whether tests for the deadly disease should be administered, said officials at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which operates Bellevue.
Doctors determined the symptoms did not stem from Ebola, so the test was not given, the hospital network said in a statement: "The patient . . . did not have the clinical findings associated with Ebola risk, and it has been ruled out as a diagnosis."
The patient has been discharged, said Jennifer Bender, a spokeswoman of the hospital network.
Sierra Leone is one of the West African countries at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic.
Bellevue successfully treated Ebola-stricken Dr. Craig Spencer for nearly three weeks after he was diagnosed Oct. 23, days after returning from treating Ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.
Health officials say Ebola has more than 9,000 people in West Africa and stricken many more since it broke out in the region last year. It can cause unexplained bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.