NYC doctor tests positive for Ebola, but “there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed”

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After nearly a week of Ebola-free headlines, it looks like it’s back.

A Doctors Without Borders physician just returned to New York City after treating patients in Guinea. He brought the deadly virus home with him.

Dr. Craig Spencer, aged 33, returned to the US 10 days ago.  He began to show symptoms on Wednesday, and was put in isolation at Bellevue Hospital this morning.

In a statement, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital said the doctor was “a dedicated humanitarian” who went to “an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population.”

“He is a committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first,” the hospital statement said. “He has not been to work at our hospital and has not seen any patients at our hospital since his return from overseas.”

The CDC had people packing up to go to New York on Thursday, and a specimen from the physician was to be sent to Atlanta for testing, an official familiar with the situation told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen.

Investigators took the case seriously from the outset because it appeared the doctor didn’t quarantine himself following his return, (emphasis ours) the law enforcement official said. The doctor traveled to Brooklyn and then back to Manhattan on Wednesday night, the official said.

In a statement Thursday, Doctors Without Borders confirmed that the physician recently returned from West Africa and was “engaged in regular health monitoring.” The doctor contacted Doctors Without Borders Thursday to report a fever, the statement said.

The law enforcement official said the doctor was out in public. Authorities also quarantined his girlfriend, with whom he was spending time since his return from Africa.

The doctor began feeling sluggish a couple of days ago, but it wasn’t until Thursday, when he developed 103-degree fever, that he contacted Doctors Without Borders, authorities said. (source)

The New York Times reported that Dr. Spencer had been out bowling and using public transit on Wednesday night, only hours before his Thursday morning hospital admission.

If it’s any consolation, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.”

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  • buttcrackofdoom

    CLEARLY, the mayor needs to be FIRED…..IMMEDIATELY!

  • The Realist

    There goes the Neghborhood.. Once again!

  • Have the mayor go bowling at the same place to assuage NYC’s populace’s fears

  • pokerchip

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.”

    Sadly, so many Americans, will swallow this nonsense, “hook, line and sinker.”

  • max

    Reminds me of Jaws,,,when the mayor tells the fat dude to go out in the water…alls well…lmfao…

  • Enki

    You should panic only if you have a 103* fever,?! That’s why we morons allow flights to come from Africa, cause we really want Ebola to spread around.

  • tophand62

    He says this at the outset….I wonder what He’ll say at the conclusion….

  • Smarty

    This idiot should have never gone ebowling at the ebowling alley, or used public transportation. He knows better.
    It’s becoming quite obvious that the administration and their handlers WANT Ebola here…. Get ready, it’s going to be a hell of a rough ride…

  • Ken, Megapolis

    A week without new cases!!! Chicken Pox can’t do that LOL. Seems like a stressed out immune system plus sleepless nights plus an odd defriending on Facefook can take its toll. Targets to meet in work can send anyone to AnE they are so unachievable.
    Do you really wanna know it? My Dad is from where the 1st Communist Party uprising in Wales took place. Anyone from here has always been under PERMANENT surveillance. My sister is returning to Iran Tuesday because her friends are all here not the Native Land gripped by media induced Islamophobia. Me? No major issues in the last few years. Odd psychotic episodes self limiting. Shit happens.
    Gotta deal with it.
    This website is free to ban me if needs be.