UPDATE 8/4 7:13pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who visited West Africa last month and is at a New York City hospital being tested for possible Ebola likely doesn't have it.

A doctor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says "odds are" it's not Ebola. Dr. Jeremy Boal says he hopes for a definitive answer in the next day or two.

The hospital says the patient had a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he went in Monday. It placed him in isolation.

The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has sickened more than 1,600 people, killing nearly 900 mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least three Americans have been tested in the U.S and all tested negative.


A hospital in New York City is treating a potential Ebola patient.

The patient is suffering from a high fever and gastrointestinal problems and claims to have recently visited West Africa.

That person has not officially been diagnosed with Ebola, but the patient is being isolated and undergoing testing.

Meantime, the World Health Organization says the death toll from the worst record outbreak of Ebola has reached 887.

Over in Liberia, the airport authority says a chartered evacuation plane that will take home the second American sick with Ebola has landed at the airport in the capital.

It is scheduled to take off early Tuesday with American missionary Nancy Writebol aboard. Writebol, a long-time missionary from North Carolina, will be treated at the same Atlanta hospital where an American doctor has been taken.

(Photo: Handout / 2014 Emory University)