Officials are now tracking down and quarantining all the people who were in contact with the latest Ebola case, a doctor who had been working in Guinea.
From ABC News: “Doctor Isolated at New York City Hospital Tests Positive for Ebola”
A New York doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola and is being isolated at a Manhattan hospital, city and state officials said Thursday night.
The doctor, who has been identified as Dr. Craig Allen Spencer by New York government sources, was placed in an isolation unit today at Bellevue Hospital after reporting Ebola-like symptoms. He had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevue, said NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will confirm the preliminary positive test. CDC test results are expected by the end of the day on Friday.
“We’ve been preparing for just this circumstance. We were hoping that didn’t happen but we were also realistic,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference.
Spencer, 33, was treating Ebola patients in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, according to the officials. Guinea is one of the West African countries currently battling an Ebola outbreak.
Spencer left Guinea on October 14, said Bassett. He traveled through Brussels, Belgium, and arrived at JFK Airport, on Oct. 17.
Hey, I sincerely commend any medical professional for risking his or her life to help Ebola sufferers in West Africa, but… when you come home, could you at least self-isolate until the incubation period has passed?
Traveling on trains, trains, trains, and taxicabs–and going to dinner and bowling with your fiancée and friends, for goodness sakes–may not be the smartest way to pass those early days when you still don’t know for sure whether you have the disease.
Save us from unnecessary hysteria and panic–stay home for a few weeks.