Paramedics rushed a doctor in West Harlem to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after he started showing Ebola-like symptoms.
Craig Spencer, 33, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, treated Ebola patients in Guinea, Africa, before returning to New York City more than a week ago, according to the Post. FDNY hazardous-materials specialists, clad in protective gear, sealed off Spencer’s apartment on West 147th Street.
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Spencer’s diagnosis has not yet been established, but NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is not taking any chances.
“After consulting with the hospital and the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], DOHMH has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work,” the Health Department said in a statement today.
Health officials, or “contact tracers,” are also tracking down people who may have come in contact with the patient.
Spencer is currently undergoing tests at Bellevue, the results of which will be available in the next 12 hours, the department said.
Three West African nations — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — continue to battle the disease on a daily basis. The World Health Organization has put the current death toll at 4,877.