doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, Dr. Craig Spencer has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus disease, making him the first recorded case in America’s largest city, New York and the ninth in the country.
Despite widespread fear that the disease was spreading in the country, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents were safe to travel around the city, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley since returning from Guinea on Oct. 17.
Spencer had worked with the humanitarian organization – Doctors Without Borders in Africa.
He first developed Ebola symptoms on Thursday morning and was taken from his Manhattan apartment to isolation at Bellevue Hospital by a team wearing protective gear, according to city officials. He had been taking his temperature twice a day since coming home, said city Health Commissioner Mary Travis Bassett.
Two friends and his fiancée have been quarantined, the Commissioner disclosed, noting that all three were healthy. The taxi driver did not come into close contact and was not considered at risk, she said.
Ebola has killed nearly 4,900 people, largely in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea!!