The unidentified passenger, reportedly a woman, was admitted overnight to Hackensack University Medical Center for evaluation after arriving from Sierra Leone, where she was allegedly working at a health care center. The country is one of the three in West Africa worst hit by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.
"Please rest assured that our dedicated team of health care providers is taking every precaution in treating this patient and they are led by our Infection Control team, working in accordance with protocols provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," a hospital spokesperson was quoted as saying by CBS.
The United States, along with Britain and Spain, is one of the few countries outside Africa that has been affected by Ebola. The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States was a Liberian man who died fighting the disease at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October 2014.
The World Health Organization estimates that Ebola has killed 8,468 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with the number of confirmed cases reaching 21,373 since the outbreak began in late 2013. At the same time, the weekly total of new confirmed Ebola cases has declined to its lowest in recent months.