An emergency room doctor who recently returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested Positive to the virus, becoming the very first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday urged resident not to be alarmed by the doctor’s Ebola case, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling. The Mayor said all New York city officials followed, “clear and strong” protocols in their handling and treatment of him.
“We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk.”
Dr Craig Spencer, treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the country. He left Guinea on October 14 and returned to New York on October 17. But began to feel tired and developed a fever and diarrhoea on Thursday. Suspecting it could be the virus, he immediately contacted medical services and was isolated in the city’s Bellevue Hospital.