Woman Who Died Suddenly in Brooklyn Tests Negative for Ebola

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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  A man dressed in protective hazmat clothing treats the front porch of an apartment where a second person diagnosed with the Ebola virus resides on October 12, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. A female nurse working at Texas Heath Presbyterian Hospital, the same facility that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, has tested positive for the virus. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)
Photo: Mike Stone/2014 Getty Images

On Tuesday a 40-year-old woman died of an apparent heart attack at a hair salon in Brownsville. While she showed no symptoms of Ebola, city heath officials are testing her remains out of “an abundance of caution” because she returned from West Africa 18 days ago [Update: the results have come back negative]. The area was closed to the public, and several health officials were seen entering in hazmat suits. “You have a well-traveled area of Brooklyn with a beauty salon that is well-traveled, and we’re taking precautionary steps that if, in fact, this turns out to be a positive case, that we’re in front of it,” said Fire Department spokesman Jim Long.