Though there is no proven treatment or vaccine for Ebola, both Brantly and Writebol were recently given a experimental, U.S.-manufactured drug in Liberia while they were awaiting evacuation to the United States. Both have since shown significant improvement, sources said on condition of anonymity. But the gruesome disease that can torment victims with profuse vomiting, uncontrollable bleeding and organ failure still is ravaging West Africa. Ebola is believed to have infected 1,603 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, killing 887 of them as of Friday, the World Health Organization said. Concerns, testing spread outside Africa A man hospitalized in New York City is now in strict isolation, waiting to learn whether he has the disease. The patient became ill after recently traveling to West Africa, New Yorks Mount med transports Sinai Hospital said. Doctors were trying to confirm the cause of the mans high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms Monday. Results from an Ebola test are expected Tuesday or Wednesday. But odds are this is not Ebola, said Dr. Jeremy Boal, chief medical officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. Its much more likely that its a much more common condition. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta agrees. About half a dozen people have recently returned from West Africa and gotten tested because of symptoms, but none of those cases has been confirmed as Ebola, Gupta said. Doctors in Saudi Arabia are also taking precautions as they treat a 40-year-old man who recently returned from Sierra Leone. The man was in critical condition Tuesday with symptoms of a viral hemorrhagic fever, the Saudi Health Ministry said. The source of his infection remains unknown, but Ebola cannot be ruled out, the ministry said. How Ebola spreads Ebola doesnt spread through the air or water. The disease spreads through contact with infected organs and bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and urine. Historically, the odds have not been good. Previous Ebola outbreaks have had a morbidity rate of 90%, but the current outbreak in West Africa has a fatality rate of about 60%, perhaps due in part to early treatment. There is no FDA-approved treatment for Ebola.
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