10/23/2014 8:38 pm EDT
Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, reported experiencing symptoms like fever and gastrointestinal problems Thursday morning, and was transported to Bellevue Hospital in an ambulance staffed by a “specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment,” according to a statement from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was found to have developed a 103 degree fever.
Spencer is the only case of Ebola in the city of more than eight million. He is now the fourth person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the viral disease. President Barack Obama was notified of his diagnosis and has been briefed on his condition,tweeted CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz.
“There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio during an evening press conference. “New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person’s bodily fluids are not at all at risk.” Sharing a subway car or living near someone with Ebola does not transmit the disease, added de Blasio.
“We are as ready as one could be for this circumstance,” added Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the press conference. “What happened in Dallas was unfortunately the exact opposite — we had the advantage of learning from the Dallas experience.”
Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 via Europe and arrived in New York on Oct. 17, said NYC health commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett during the press conference. Upon arrival, he had no symptoms, but he checked his temperature twice a day as a precaution.
On Oct. 21, Spencer began feeling tired, but he didn’t experience any symptoms until late Thursday morning, said Bassett. He also went on a three-mile jog (a sign he was “feeling quite well,” said Bassett) before his symptoms. On Wednesday, Spencer took subway trains A, 1 and L, visited the High Line park, a restaurant and then a bowling alley called The Gutter in Williamsburg.
The Uber driver who transported him part of the way that night is not considered at risk, said Bassett, as Spencer didn’t have any symptoms at the bowling alley. In astatement, Uber confirmed that public health officials personally met with the driver in question to say Spencer posed no risk to anyone in the car, nor subsequent passengers.
Of the three people Spencer had contact with since returning to the U.S., one is in isolation in the hospital, said Bassett. CNN reports that this person is Spencer’s fiancee. Spencer’s Manhattan apartment was quarantined.
Spencer also told officials that he was in full protective gear during his time treating patients in Guinea, and is aware of no breach in safety protocols.
Spencer is an international emergency medicine fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, according to his LinkedIn profile. The hospital released a statement praising Spencer as a “dedicated humanitarian,” reports CNN. They also assured the public that he had not reported back to work at the hospital since arriving from Guinea. The entire statement:
The physician is a dedicated humanitarian on the staff of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center 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. He has not been to work at our hospital and has not seen any patients at our hospital since his return from overseas. Our thoughts are with him, and we wish him all the best at this time.
Earlier today, a spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post that someone working with the organization had developed Ebola-like symptoms, but declined to confirm Spencer’s name. The organization immediately reported the information to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Doctors Without Borders policy is that all staff self-monitor their health daily after returning home from work with Ebola patients.
Bellevue Hospital is one of eight designated facilities for the isolation, diagnosis and treatment of Ebola patients in New York. It has four single-bed rooms that are capable of receiving confirmed Ebola cases. The area, which is located in the hospital’s infectious disease ward, also has an onsite laboratory for handling Ebola samples, according to a statement released on Oct. 15.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
39197 1755359 64
his path of destiny = 64 = Solitary confinement, This sucks. Misfortune.
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