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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest alert to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The Level 1 response has the "potential to affect many lives," said CDC Chief Tom Frieden via Twitter.

This comes after the CDC determined that a man being treated in isolation at a hospital in New York City does not have Ebola.

The unidentified patient is at Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He apparently recently traveled to West Africa, where hundreds of people, including two Americans, have contracted the potentially deadly disease.

The hospital released this statement: "We would like to report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the patient kept in isolation since Monday, August 4, 2014 at The Mount Sinai Hospital has tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The patient is in stable condition, is improving, and remains in the care of our physicians and nurses."

The man arrived at Mount Sinai's emergency room in the morning of Monday, August 4, 2014, with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the hospital said in a statement that day.

"The patient has been placed in strict isolation and is undergoing medical screenings to determine the cause of his symptoms," the hospital said Monday. "All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients."

Specimens taken from the patient were sent to the CDC, which tested them and released its conclusion Wednesday.

The CDC has said that the "likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct contact with the body fluids of a person or animal that is infected and showing symptoms." Nonetheless, the agency has issued a travel warning, saying U.S. residents should avoid "nonessential" travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

The incubation period for the disease ranges from two to 21 days, according to the CDC. The most common incubation period for signs or symptoms to appear is eight to 10 days.

"Early symptoms include sudden fever, chills, and muscle aches," the CDC said on its website. "Around the fifth day, a skin rash can occur. Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea may follow."

The CDC urges people who have been exposed to Ebola to not travel on commercial airplanes until he or she is monitored for symptoms for at least three weeks after exposure. In fact, the CDC said that airlines should consider stopping sick travelers from boarding flights if Ebola is suspected.

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