Ebola Virus: 5-year-old Boy Tested In New York

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A five-year-old boy in New York City is being tested for Ebola after returning from an affected West African country, New York City health commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett confirmed Monday.

According to Bassett in the reports gathered by our correspondent, the boy is at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, the same hospital where the city’s first Ebola patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, is staying.

Bassett also said that the boy had a “low grade fever” and had traveled to one of the affected countries, triggering an Ebola test. The results is still being expected at the time of filing this report.

“He has no clear exposure to Ebola, but our exposure history is unclear. The boy was taken to the hospital by emergency medical workers wearing full protective gear, Bassett said.

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies developing the vaccines committed to ramp up production capacity for millions of doses to be available in 2015, with 100,000 ready in the first half of the year.

Regulatory authorities in countries where the vaccines are manufactured and in Africa are under extremely short deadlines to have vaccines approved.

Community engagement is also vital and work should be scaled up urgently in partnership between local communities, national governments, nongovernmental organizations and international organisations.

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