A patient at a New York City hospital has tested positive for Ebola According to a statement from Doctors Without Borders, a doctor returned to the United States Oct. 12 after working with Ebola patients in Guinea.
The man — who has been identified as Craig Spencer, 33 — notified the nonprofit’s office that he had a fever this morning and he was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he also presented with gastrointestinal issues. Spencer had not been symptomatic before Thursday morning, which reduced the risk he could have passed the infection on to others. The patient was transported by a specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment. Instead of going to the emergency room, the man was taken directly to an isolation unit. The patient’s apartment, his fiance and two friends with whom Spencer had had close contact have been quarantined
A bowling alley in the Williamsburg neighborhood that the patient recently had been at closed down out of an abundance of caution, and would be examined by health officials on Friday. The NYC Health Department specialists are tracing all people who may have had contact with the patient and could be at risk. If necessary, those people could be placed under quarantine.
Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, reported that a team from the CDC coincidentally had just completed an evaluation of Bellevue Hospital’s preparedness for treating Ebola and found that the staff was fully trained in proper protocols.