If you haven’t heard by now, then you’ve been off the grid or sound asleep for the last few hours as a doctor just back from West Africa, where he was treating Ebola patients, has fallen ill with the disease and he is currently being treated in a NYC hospital. As Fox News Live reports Thursday night, Oct 23, every city in the nation has to be prepared to treat Ebola patients because when and if someone falls ill it is not always going to happen in Maryland, Dallas or New York where hospitals were prepared for Ebola cases.
According to CNN News, the doctor has been identified as 33-year-old Craig Spencer. As soon as this Doctors without Borders member’s test came back showing that he does indeed have Ebola, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andre Cuomo made it extremely clear that the hospital in NYC is prepared to handle this case as are the health agencies already in motion back tracking the doctor’s every move since taking his first step in the city. They do not want New Yorkers panicking and Cuomo offered up that “We had the advantage of learning from the Dallas experience.”
The doctor has been in contact with four people and the agency has contacted all four, including his girlfriend who is now in quarantine. It is not clear if these are people he came in contact with once becoming symptomatic or if these are four people he’s been in contact with since stepping off the plane, reports ABC News today.
The doctor arrived in NYC on Oct. 17, reports New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett. While traveling he had no symptoms and he has been checking his temperature twice a day since arriving back in the states. He developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night. He has been admitted to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan as of Thursday morning.
It is not known why the doctor didn’t quarantine himself once returning back to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. He was out in public even once he started feeling “sluggish” a couple of days ago. When he contracted a 103 fever on Thursday morning, he contacted Doctors without borders with his concerns, reports Yahoo News today.
The NYC Fire Department answered a call on Thursday morning stating that there was a sick person in Manhattan and Spencer was transported to Bellevue. While the doctor was feeling “sluggish” he did go out with his girlfriend to a few different venues in NYC, which sounds a bit contradicting because the doctor was highly informed about the Ebola illness. A New York City Councilman, Mark Levine, who lives in the Manhattan ward where the doctor lives said “The goal right now is to make sure people don’t panic.”