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Man quarantined for Ebola hopes others learn from his experience

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Eric Silverman was forbidden to come in contact with other humans for three days while doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City tested him for Ebola. (Source: WABC/CBS) Eric Silverman was forbidden to come in contact with other humans for three days while doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City tested him for Ebola. (Source: WABC/CBS)

NEW YORK (WABC/CBS) - The young man suspected of having Ebola and quarantined last week at a hospital in Manhattan finally returned home.

Eric Silverman, 27, is a graduate student from Brooklyn who was doing volunteer work in Sierra Leone.

He spent 72 hours in isolation at Mount Sinai Hospital as a precaution. Doctors tested him for Ebola because of his symptoms and recent travel to west Africa.

Until now, he was something of a mystery man.

"It was a pretty lonely experience," Silverman said. "No one else could come in unless they were wearing a space suit with everything covered. I had a 104 fever, a bad sore throat and stomach issues."

However, he didn't think he was going to test positive because he was starting to feel better. But until the test came back negative, he was forced to stay inside his room.

Silverman had spent more than three years in Sierra Leone working to improve conditions and increase access to clean water.

He hopes his ordeal will raise awareness of the need for resources in west Africa.

"Even though its worlds away or we think its worlds away from us, it's not," Silverman said.

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