ebola nyc mount sinai A spokesman for Mount Sinai confirmed that samples from the man, who recently traveled to West Africa, arrived at the Center for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta, but that testing can take between 24 to 48 hours.
Credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

 

The unnamed man tested for possible infection with the Ebola virus continues to be quarantined at Mount Sinai Hospital despite officials' indications that he's unlikely to be suffering from the deadly disease.

 

 

On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the hospital confirmed that samples from the man, who recently traveled to West Africa, arrived at the Center for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta, but that testing can take between 24 to 48 hours.

 

The man is described to be "in good spirits" as city health officials continue to cast doubt that he is suffering from an Ebola infection after he arrived at the hospital's emergency room on Sunday evening.

 

"Looking at his history, we think it's highly unlikely that he has Ebola, but we're going to await the tests from the CDC," Health Department Commissioner Mary Bassett told reporters on Tuesday.

Bassett added that yesterday's immediate response to the possible infection showed the city's readiness to deal with an actual infection

"I think what we learned from this is that people who are potentially affected with Ebola are rapidly identified, action is taken rapidly to ensure that they're isolated and the public's health is protected," she said.

Officials at Mount Sinai also refuted claims made by CNN and repeated by the New York Post that at least six people were being tested for the virus at the hospital.

"No other patients have presented with similar symptoms and travel history to West Africa," the spokesman said in a statement.

Follow Chester Jesus Soria on Twitter@chestersoria