Ebola confirmed in Big Apple; doctor frolicked around city, went bowling after treating patients in Africa

New York officials released a statement confirming that a doctor who recently returned from Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus in New York City.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, returned to the states over a week ago after working with the organization Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. He worked closely with Ebola patients, functioning as an emergency room doctor, Fox News reported.

According to reports, Spencer did not quarantine himself until Wednesday, the day he started developing concerning symptoms. He admitted to traveling on public transportation and taking a cab to a bowling alley prior to his onset of symptoms, which included a high fever and gastrointestinal issues.

After feeling worse on Thursday, Spencer’s fiancé told him to contact authorities. EMTs in full hazmat gear arrived at his apartment and promptly took him to Bellevue Hospital. His fiancé is currently being watched in a quarantine ward as well. ebola-doc “As a further precaution, beginning today, the Health Department’s team of disease detectives immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene commissioner Mary Bassett said. “The Health Department staff has established protocols to identify, notify and, if necessary, quarantine any contacts of Ebola cases.” The CDC will also run a confirmatory test. This is the first Ebola case in New York City and the fourth confirmed case in the U.S.

Hannah Bleau


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