At 11 a.m. Thursday, Dr. Craig Spencer reported having a 103-degree fever, and medical personnel donned full protective gear and picked him up at his Harlem home. After removing Dr. Spencer the home was immediately sealed off.
Officials said Dr. Spencer took the A and L trains on Wednesday to the Gutter 1 in Williamsburg and bowled with friends. He took a cab from there back to his Manhattan apartment. His employer NewYork Columbia/Presbyterian Hospital was quick to announce that he had not returned to work or put any of their patients at risk since returning from Guinea on October 17.
It appears that Dr. Spencer may have also stopped at a restaurant on the Manhattan High Line, and officials are frantically retracing his steps to insure that they can make contact with anyone who could have been put in danger by the doctor’s careless actions.
The Dr. is now resting comfortably, unlike those unsuspecting bystanders who came into contact with him. He is being kept in a special isolation unit and cared for by a critical care medical team.
In New York City and surrounding areas, hospitals and their employees have been preparing for the Ebola virus for months. Dr. Irwin Redlener, special adviser to Mayor de Blasio and the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University minimized the risk to the general public, but added that the city must move swiftly to avoid the disease spreading – “New York has mobilized not only a world-class health department, but has full engagement of many other agencies that need to be on the response team” said Redlener.
One thing is certain, the cost of tracing Dr. Spencer’s footsteps will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny, as officials try to figure out who flew on the planes he flew on, rode the same trains that he rode on, bowled in the bowling alley he bowled in, ate in the restaurants he went to and came into contact with him in any other way.
On his Facebook page, Dr. Spencer has both admirers and detractors. One of his detractors echoed the sentiments of many – Olaf Bm posted “Dr. Spencer is a [expletive]. He should lose his license and repay nyc for the costs associated with his gross negligence. The bowling alley should sue Dr Spencer and his professional liability insurance should pay the bowling alley for their lost revenue. This guy is a total [expletive]”
Jay Kganyago posted “As a doctor he SHOULD have known he should at least make some effort to isolate himself for 21 days on returning – it is extremely irresponsible to be out eating at restaurants just after returning from working with contagious Ebola patients.”
In the face of this latest entry of Ebola into the US, the Obama administration stands fast in its commitment to allow Ebola infected humans to travel here with impunity. One can only wonder where will the next one land?