On Thursday, New York City residents were stricken with the harsh reality that the deadly Ebola virus had reached the Tri-state area. Now, city officials are back tracking the diagnosed patient’s steps as a precautionary measure to ensure residents have little to worry about.
A Doctors Without Borders physician, Craig Spencer, 33, who returned to New York from West Africa on October 17th has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Spencer is now the first confirmed case and diagnosis of the virus in the city.
The doctor had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea on October 14. After returning on Oct 17th, Spencer indicates it was only Thursday (Oct 23rd) when he began displaying systems of nausea, pain, fatigue and developed a fever. He has since been taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital and has been isolated for treatment.
According to officials, since his return, Spencer went for a jog, went bowling with friends, took a car service, may have gone to a restaurant and took trips on the city’s subway line, including the A, 1 and L lines. However, authorities insist the likelihood that Spencer transmitted the virus is low.
“We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters late Thursday.
At this time, the virus is said to not be air born and can only be transmitted by exchanging bodily fluids including saliva, blood, and breast milk.
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