Remains of woman who died at Brooklyn hair salon test negative for Ebola

BROWNSVILLE, N.Y. (WABC) -- The remains of a woman who died of an apparent heart attack at a hair salon in Brooklyn have tested negative for Ebola.

The New York City Health Department announced the results early Wednesday morning. Officials had said Tuesday that at last check the woman did not have symptoms but was being monitored because of her travel history.

EMS responded to a hair salon on Belmont Avenue in Brownsville around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday where the woman died. She was declared dead at the scene. The FDNY confirms that this was a "clean scene," meaning the woman, in her early 40s, died without any bodily fluids leaving her body.

She had been on the list of those being monitored for Ebola exposure. She recently arrived in the city from Guinea and was one of 350 people on the monitor list.

The Department of Health arrived to take blood, then the DOH workers, the ME's office workers, and the firefighters were all decontaminated at the scene.

She had been back in the country for 18 days.

The health department released a statement saying, "Earlier today, an individual who came to the US 18 days ago from one of the West African countries with ongoing Ebola transmission died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. Before death, this individual showed no symptoms of Ebola. However due to travel history within the 21 day incubation period and an abundance of caution, an Ebola test will be performed on this individual's remains. Test results are expected early tomorrow morning."

The original ambulance crew and engine company who responded to this scene will now have to self-monitor. It's not clear if they will officially join the city's watch list.
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