What We Know So Far
• A 5-year-old boy at Bellevue Hospital in New York City tests negative for Ebola. • CDC releases updated regulations for monitoring people exposed to Ebola. • Doctors Without Borders nurse who was quarantined in New Jersey is released. • Nurse said her basic human rights were violated due to mandatory quarantines established in New Jersey on Friday. • Gov. Andrew Cuomo, under pressure, loosened New York's quarantine regulations, while Gov. Christie said he was standing by the stricter measures.
Maryland patient tested negative for Ebola.
The patient admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore Monday evening tested negative for Ebola, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Tuesday morning.
The U.S. Army has placed soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa into "controlled monitoring" for 21 days, a statement said.
The move was made as a precaution to "ensure soldiers, family members and their surrounding communities are confident that we are taking all steps necessary to protect their health."
CNN first reported that Major General Darryl A. Williams and about 10 other troops were being held in an effective quarantine in Italy after assisting in the Ebola response in Liberia.
About 700 U.S. service members are currently in West Africa, and their numbers could grow to 3,900 in coming weeks, the Department of Defense said.
The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore isolated a patient Monday evening for Ebola testing, officials said. The hospital is one of three in the state designated to receive Ebola patients.
5-year-old boy at Bellevue Hospital tests negative for Ebola; will remain in isolation pending further test results
The New York City Department of Health and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation issued the following statement:
Today, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted a test for the Ebola virus on a minor patient who had been transferred to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center last night. This patient developed a fever this morning while under observation at the hospital, and had been in one of the three Ebola epidemic countries in ‎West Africa within the past 21 days.
The result of the test is negative. Out of an abundance of caution, further negative Ebola tests are required on subsequent days to ensure that the patient is cleared. The patient will also be tested for common respiratory viruses. The patient will remain in isolation until all test results have returned.
Because of the heightened alert, hospitals will be using enhanced scrutiny and an abundance of caution when reviewing questionable cases, and are meticulously following all public health and CDC protocols. The Health Department is also working closely with HHC leadership, Bellevue's clinical team and the New York State Department of Health.
The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola are extremely slim. Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. You cannot be infected simply by being near someone who has Ebola.
Gov. Cuomo has some suggestions for people stuck in mandatory Ebola quarantine:
According to Capital New York's Jimmy Vielkind:
"I'm asking those people who were in contact with infected people: stay at home for 21 days. We will pay."
"Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends, read a book—read my book—you don't have to read my book, but stay at home for 21 days."
Governor Christie maintained that Hickox had a fever after returning from West Africa on Friday, a claim she denies:
According to a statement by the New Jersey Department of Health that Christie tweeted:
"Since testing negative for Ebola early Saturday morning, the patient being monitored in isolation has thankfully been symptom free for the last 24 hours. After being evaluated by CDC and her clinicians the patient is being discharged."
Officials said they consulted with her, and she requested transportation to Maine, where she lives. Christie said the transport would be on private, not public, means. She'll remain in quarantine while in New Jersey.
Hickox was admitted Friday and "was initially found to have no symptoms, but later developed a fever" – which the nurse said is not true and that she was tested twice.
According to Christie, who was speaking at an unrelated event: "I don't think she's tested negative twice." He added, "I understand that she didn't want to be there — she made that very clear from the beginning, but my obligation is to all the people of New Jersey."
The 5-year-old boy developed a fever around 7 a.m. ET Monday and was tested for Ebola.
His test results are expected in the next 12 hours, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said in a statement.
The Health Department's team of "disease detectives" has also started to actively trace all of the patient's contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk.
From the statement:
The patient developed a fever while at the hospital at approximately 7:00 am this morning. After consulting with the hospital and CDC, DOHMH decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus, because of this patient's recent travel history and pattern of symptoms. DOHMH and HHC are also evaluating the patient for other causes of illness in children.
Are mandatory quarantines for Ebola patients illegal?
A Georgetown law professor believes so, according to the Washington Post:
Lawrence Gostin, a law professor at Georgetown University who has been in touch with Hickox about her legal options, said he thought the quarantine order was illegal and unconstitutional. He noted that since you can't catch Ebola from someone unless they are both infected and showing symptoms, Hickox poses no danger to the public. "The courts are very suspicious when you deny a whole class of people their liberty," he said. "She's being detained because she's a member of a large class of people who happened to have been in the region."
On Friday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered mandatory quarantines for anyone returning from Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa.
That led to the quarantine — in a tent inside a building adjacent to a New Jersey hospital — of Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox, who has shown no signs of having Ebola. Her confinement, she said, was a violation of her human rights.
A 5-year-old boy is undergoing tests for Ebola.
The child arrived at Bellevue Hospital in New York City on Sunday with a "100-point-something"-degree fever, Health Department Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Monday.
The boy had recently returned from Guinea, she said, and had a low-grade fever.
The test results are expected later in the day, she added.