New York Doctor Tests Positive for EbolaPosted: October 23, 2014 | |
A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City after treating Ebola victims in West Africa has tested positive for the virus
Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms after working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola.
“De Blasio said earlier on Thursday that Spencer had been in direct contact with ‘very few’ people. However, the Times said Spencer traveled by subway to a bowling alley in the city’s Brooklyn borough on Wednesday night and took a taxi home.”
A specially trained team wearing protective gear transported Spencer to Bellevue Hospital from his Manhattan apartment, the city said in a statement.
The first confirmed case in America’s largest city set off renewed fears about the spread of the virus, which has killed nearly 4,900 people, largely in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The first person diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil flew from Liberia to Texas and later died in a Dallas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected with the virus and one took a commercial flight with a fever, prompting officials in several states to take steps to become better prepared to contain the virus.
The Times said a further test will be conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the initial test.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo planned a news conference at the hospital for 9 p.m. ET.
A spokeswoman for the mayor said she could not confirm or deny the report and declined to comment ahead of the news conference.
De Blasio said earlier on Thursday that Spencer had been in direct contact with “very few” people.
However, the Times said Spencer traveled by subway to a bowling alley in the city’s Brooklyn borough on Wednesday night and took a taxi home.
The bowling alley, identified by local media as the Gutter, was closed on Thursday. Heaven, a band that was due to perform, said on Twitter that its show had been canceled because of an Ebola scare…(read more)