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Harlem resident tests positive for Ebola

Harlem resident tests positive for Ebola

Story by Erik Cuello


Craig Spencer, a Harlem resident, has tested positive for the Ebola virus.
Craig Spencer, a Harlem resident, has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

A Harlem resident, identified as Dr. Craig Spencer, has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

The doctor had recently returned to New York City from Guinea on Fri., Oct. 17th, where he worked for Doctors without Borders.

Reports state that Spencer exhibited no symptoms of the Ebola virus until Thursday morning, when he developed a slight fever along with nausea, body pains and fatigue. Spencer’s fever at the time of intake was 100.3.

Spencer is currently being treated in the isolation ward at Bellevue Hospital. Spencer’s girlfriend, who has not shown any symptoms at press time, is also being held in isolation. Spencer’s apartment has also been isolated.

Councilmember Mark Levine, who represents the district in which Spencer stated that, “city, state and federal public health authorities are responding with the highest possible level of urgency and marshaling every resource at their disposal to respond to this possible case.”

timelineBellevue Hospital Center is one of the eight statewide hospitals designated by Governor Cuomo as part of an Ebola preparedness plan.

“We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” the mayor said.

Spencer is believed to have contracted the Ebola Virus while working for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.
Spencer is believed to have contracted the Ebola Virus while working for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

State and Federal teams have been dispatched to investigate who Spencer may have been in contact with to be sure there are no outstanding cases of the virus in the area. This includes doing a contact trace and identifying anyone he has come in contact with since he has returned to the States.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where Spencer works, has issued a statement to concerned patients stating that “[Spencer] 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.”

For more information on Ebola prevention, or if you’ve come in contact with the patient, please contact 311.

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