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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Two patients who had symptoms similar to those Ebola and were rushed to a New York hospital today do not have the virus, it was confirmed this afternoon.

The pair were taken to New York City’s Bellevue Hospital after falling ill, but the hospital has confirmed that they do not have the disease.

Bellevue Hospital spokesman Ian Michaels told MailOnline: ‘There are no patients at Bellevue with Ebola.

‘Two patients there this morning were evaluated and it was quickly determined they did not have the virus.

‘Because of the heightened alert, hospitals will be using enhanced scrutiny and an abundance of caution when reviewing questionable cases, and are meticulously following all public health and CDC protocols.’

Bellevue Hospital has been established as NYC’s Ebola intake center.

It is kitted out with isolation units prepared to treat up to four patients and has the capacity to facilitate nine other patients if necessary.

If the pair had tested positive for the virus, it would be the first case of the disease in New York.

Last week a Brooklyn teenager was rushed to the hospital after showing symptoms consistent with Ebola.

The 14-year-old boy had a fever and was feeling fluish according to officials.

He was brought to Brookdale Hospital where he remains in isolation, although doctors say he does not have the virus.

Yesterday a Dallas passenger was removed from an American Airlines flight at Nashville airport after vomiting on board.

Passengers reported the person was being sick and possibly having a seizure as Flight 1676 arrived in Nashville at 11:29 p.m. Sunday.

There were 140 passengers and five crew members on board – they were held on the runway until the sick passenger could be removed.

The passenger was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be assessed, reports WSMV.

Officials said they are not concerned about this person having Ebola.

‘We have been advised that the person who had the medical issue had no history of contact with anyone with Ebola in Dallas and had no travel history to Africa,’ said Brian Todd, public information officer for the Metro Public Health Department.

‘There is no concern that this individual has Ebola and there is no risk to other passengers on the plane.

‘A passenger on board was ill, so the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Department of Public Safety, in coordination with Metropolitan Nashville Office of Emergency Management and Metro Department of Public Health, followed its standard operating procedures for Communicable Diseases,’ said Emily Richard with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in a statement.

The Tennessee emergency came just hours before two suspected Ebola cases, one male and one female, were reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Monday morning, MailOnline has learned.

The individuals, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, had reportedly been to Africa and were showing Ebola symptoms.

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation denied the reports on Monday morning.

MailOnline was awaiting a response from Bellevue Hospital, The New York state health department and the CDC.

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