NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A person who recently came to the United States from Mali, a West African country with limited Ebola transmission, has tested negative for Ebola after being isolated at Bellevue Hospital, city health officials said.

“Because in early Ebola Virus Disease initial tests may be negative, the patient will have further Ebola tests in the coming days to confirm today’s negative result,” the Health Department said in a statement Thursday evening.

The patient is a 50-year-old man from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, who returned from Mali over the weekend and went to a private physician complaining of flu-like symptoms, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

The man called 911 Thursday morning saying his condition had worsened and was rushed to the hospital.

There have been five recent Ebola deaths in Mali and officials are monitoring 413 others, the Health Ministry said Monday.

The news comes a day after sources told CBS2 a woman who died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack in a Brooklyn hair salon tested negative for Ebola.

The woman, who was in her 40s, was placed on a list for possible Ebola exposure after returning from Guinea – one of three West African countries hit hardest by the disease — three weeks ago, sources said.

She had shown no signs or symptoms of Ebola, but due to her travel history within the 21-day possible incubation period for Ebola and an abundance of caution, an Ebola test was performed on her remains, the Health Department said.

Dr. Craig Spencer is the only person New York City to have been stricken with a confirmed case of Ebola. He was successfully treated for the virus at Bellevue Hospital Center, and was released from the hospital last week.

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