Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York

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A New York doctor who had been working in Africa has tested positive for Ebola and has been put in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. He had returned from Africa within 21 days, the usual period of time for symptoms to occur. He reportedly has a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms of the virus.

The doctor had traveled to Guinea, one of the African countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, to work with Doctors Without Borders and had posted a picture of himself on social media in protective gear. Doctors Without Borders has confirmed that a volunteer working with them had recently returned to New York. Per regulation, both the organization and the patient reported contact with the virus as well as the symptoms when they began.

The doctor has been identified as 33-year-old Craig Allen Spencer. His movements are being tracked by disease detectives to alert and test anyone he may have come in contact with. But the amount of people he came in contact with and the amount of time he did so has been reported as few and brief. He was moved to isolation at Bellevue Hospital by ambulance after reporting fever and nausea.

Breaking News By Lydia Bradbury

Sources:

Washington Post
ABC

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