Doctor With Ebola-like Symptoms Rushed to Hospital in NYC


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.

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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.