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hospital bedCelebrity and outspoken host of television show Fashion Police Joan Rivers is currently a patient at Mount Sinai Hospital, and her condition is said to be critical but stable. She was rushed there from at Yorkville Endoscopy on E. 93rd Street in New York City after she stopped breathing in the middle of a procedure for her vocal chords.

The news was first spread by TMZ and was quickly followed up. The latest news quotes an unidentified family source that there is some concern about the outcome, and any decisions will have to be made when daughter Melissa Rivers arrives, who was then on her way to the hospital. Joan Rivers was reported to be unconscious but the hospital has not yet released any official information as to her condition.

Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, turned 81 last June but showed no signs of slowing down. She hosts several shows, including one in YouTube called In Bed with Joan. Famed for her outrageous comments and no-holds-barred criticisms, she has sometimes been criticized for stepping over the line when dealing with sensitive topics. Nevertheless, she has been a notable success in many fields, including her incursions into publishing. Her twelfth book, Diary of a Mad Diva, was released just this year.

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ebolaA man who came into a New York hospital with suspicious symptoms was screened for a deadly virus, but was unlikely to have it. Two earlier patients in other hospitals have also been screened and were negative for the disease.

In the latest case, the man, whose identity was not revealed, had flown into the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from West Africa and was detained for a minor transgression. While waiting, he started complaining of fever and a headache and was brought to the emergency room of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was put in isolation to see if he developed more definite symptoms of an Ebola virus infection. Results are not yet in but doctors believe that he does not carry the virus.

A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in various parts of West Africa that claimed more than 800 lives and counting has sparked worldwide concern, and airports are especially keeping a sharp eye out for anyone coming from the affected areas who may be symptomatic. The infection manifests within 21 days of contact, and is only considered contagious when symptoms appear.

Two other patients who had recently been in West Africa and who were admitted to NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center for fever were observed for 24 hours but were released when it was apparent they had not been infected.

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