A woman who was being monitored for Ebola symptoms after traveling to Guinea three weeks ago dropped dead at Amy Professional Hair Braiding in Brooklyn. She was bleeding “from her face, nose and mouth,” according to an eyewitness. She dropped dead around 3:00p.m. and was pronounced dead on arrival. In response to the woman’s death, the FDNY activated the Special Operations and Hazmat units.
According to one of the workers at the salon the woman was visiting, the woman was born in Guinea and had recently visited there. Since she was not a healthcare worker, she was not placed on the required 21-day home quarantine put in place by Governor Cumo in October. The salon is continuing to operate normally despite fears that the woman could have died from Ebola. The salon did apparently receive some kind of decontamination from a Hazmat crew.
Costa, an eyewitness who works near the salon describes the event, stating, “We were in the building and all of a sudden the other owner came from the store and he said somebody dropped dead in their store.” When asked to describe what the woman looked like, Costa states that she was bleeding from her, “face, nose, mouth, everything.”
A New York City official says that the women had not showed any symptoms of Ebola prior to her death the last time she was checked. However, Dr Martin Salia, the most recent person to die of Ebola in the U.S., initially tested negative for the disease, delaying the start of treatment and possibly contributing to his death.
The Department of Health came to the scene to take a blood sample from the women to have it tested for Ebola. In addition, FDNY members wore hazmat suits before entering the building. None of the workers at the salon were decontaminated. There has only been one confirmed case of Ebola in New York City.
UPDATE: City officials have now confirmed that tests for the Ebola virus have come back negative.