New York Man Tests Positive For Ebola
A New York City doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus, the New York Times reports. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, returned from treating patients in Guinea while working with Doctors Without Borders.
He tested positive for the virus after being rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday. He has since been placed in isolation. At least three of the people Spencer has been in direct contact with since returning from Guinea, including his fiancée and two friends, have been placed in isolation.
The Center for Disease Control has since dispatched a team to retrace the physician’s step and track down anyone else that he may have come in contact with. Since returning to the city on October 17, Spencer has been monitoring himself, taking his temperature twice per day. He realized that something was wrong when his temperature reached 100.3 degrees. The night before he alerted authorities, Spencer revealed that he traveled on the A,L and 1 subways lines. He also visited a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and caught an Uber taxi in Manhattan.
Last night, New York mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the diagnosis during a news conference at Bellevue and sought to soothe the concerns of anxious New Yorkers.
“Being on the same subway car or living near a person with Ebola does not in itself put someone at risk,” de Blasio said.
“We are working very closely with our state and federal partners to ensure that we protect the health of all New Yorkers,” he continued. “People should rest assured that the extraordinary medical professionals of this city and this state are working to ensure that every protection is in place.”
In other Ebola news, Nina Pham, the first nurse to be diagnosed with the virus after treating the late Thomas Eric Duncan, has been released and declared Ebola free.