Ebola In New York City: Doctor Tests Positive For Virus
Ebola has come to Manhattan: Bellevue Hospital confirmed that Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the Ebola virus.
Spencer had treated Ebola patients in Guinea as part of a Doctors Without Borders team. He returned to the United States on October 14, and began to feel symptoms on Tuesday October 21.
Early on Thursday October 23, Spencer developed a 103-degree fever, with nausea and other indicators that can be associated with Ebola. After quarantining himself in his apartment and calling for assistance, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital and placed in isolation.
Even before Spencer’s Ebola diagnosis was confirmed, officials quickly moved ahead as though he had the disease.
A CDC response team was dispatched to New York City on Thursday afternoon, and Spencer’s apartment was rapidly sealed off.
Officials also began the process of tracking Spencer’s movement and contacts around the city. For example, Spencer went bowling on Wednesday night and reportedly used Uber vehicles to get around Manhattan.
a case could become a test of U.S. officials’ trust in the nation’s community hospitals, especially if they opt to leave Spencer at Bellevue rather than take him to one of the nation’s four highest-level biocontainment facilities that have successfully treated five Ebola patients.
Writing at the Advisory Board Daily Briefing, Juliette Mullin wrote a post early on Thursday about the hospitals around the nation preparing to become “Ebola treatment centers.”
Bellevue is one of the hospitals in New York City that’s been designated a Ebola treatment center.
It’s quite possible that even though Spencer has Ebola, he may not have infected anyone else in Manhattan. While Ebola can be incredibly infectious, it’s hard to catch, especially at the onset of symptoms.
Earlier in October, a man in Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola, and he infected two members of his care team — including a nurse who flew back and forth between Cleveland. However, despite the three Ebola patients potentially exposing hundreds of other Americans to the disease no one in the broad population has demonstrated Ebola symptoms. Many members of the Dallas community who were exposed to the Ebola patients have since been cleared.