The deceased, who was not identified, had recently come to the
United States from West Africa, the New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. The person had been
in one of the countries hardest hit by the outbreak just 18 days
earlier, the statement said.
"Before death, this individual showed no symptoms of Ebola. However,
due to travel history within the 21-day incubation period and an
abundance of caution, an Ebola test will be performed on this
individual's remains," the department said.
On Wednesday, the test came back negative, department spokesman Levi
Fishman told Reuters.
Fishman declined to provide any information about the person,
including gender, location and time of death.
The New York Times reported that the individual was a woman and that
she was pronounced dead at a Brooklyn hair salon at around 2:30 p.m.
Last Tuesday, Dr. Craig Spencer, who worked with Ebola patients in
Guinea, was discharged from a New York City hospital after
recovering from Ebola following his Oct. 23 diagnosis.
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Medical experts say Ebola can be transmitted only through the bodily
fluids of a sick person with symptoms.
The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak,
which is the deadliest on record, has resulted in 5,177 deaths out
of 14,413 cases, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Susan
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