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5-year-old boy who returned from Guinea last Saturday (Oct. 25) is being tested for Ebola at New York City


A 5-year-old boy who returned home from Guinea Saturday is being tested for Ebola at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital where he is in isolation with his mother, officials said today. Preliminary results will be available within the next 12 hours.

The boy was transported to Bellevue Hospital Sunday night because of his travel history and initial reports that he had a fever, but he actually had no symptoms when he first arrived at the hospital, officials said. The mother has shown no Ebola symptoms.

It is unclear what the child’s symptoms indicate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said today. “We did the cautious thing,” de Blasio said. “It may turn out we have something here or it may turn out to be something different.”

The boy, whom authorities have not named, developed a fever this morning, prompting the Ebola test, officials told ABC News.

The boy and his mother are not under quarantine, the city officials said.