Doctor who treated Ebola patients is rushed to New York hospital
Update: The doctor has tested positive for Ebola. More details to come.
New York, NY – New York may have its first case of Ebola. A 33-year-old physician who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea (an Ebola hotspot) with Doctors Without Borders was rushed by ambulance and with police escorts from home in Harlem to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.
Spencer returned from Guinea at JFK airport on Oct. 17 traveling on a connecting flight from Brussels, At the time Spencer’s temperature was checked and is reported to have been normal at was 98.7 degrees upon arrival. A high fever is usually the first sign of Ebola infection.
FDNY hazardous materials specialists in Hazmat suite sealed off Spencer’s fifth-floor apartment around noon on Thursday. Cops blocked off West 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam after he was taken to the hospital.
A statement from the Health Department confirms that Spencer has been taken to Bellevue: “EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred to Bellevue Hospital a patient who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms…After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, 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 has indicated that the test results, to confirm that the Doctor is in fact sick with Ebola, should be available in the next 12 hours.
As health officials wait for the results to come in, the case is being treated as if it were already confirmed, according to council member Mark Levine, who represents Spencer’s neighborhood.
Doctors Without Borders in a statement said that Spencer alerted them about his fever Thursday morning, the organization said in a statement.
“As per the specific guidelines that Doctors Without Borders provides its staff on their return from Ebola assignments, the individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately,” the statement says.
Watch a video of Craig Spencer getting a police escort to Bellevue Hospital.
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Please stay tuned as we will update this post as more information comes in.