A doctor in New York City has recently returned from Guinea, where he recently treated Ebola patients. This doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday.
He is now the city’s first diagnosed case. Craig Spencer was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and has been placed in isolation.
Health care workers have been sent out across the city in order to trace anyone the doctor has come in contact with.
Authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley, and then took a taxi home.
The next morning, Spencer reported to having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public.
NyTimes reported, People infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they begin to display symptoms, and it cannot be spread through the air. As people become sicker, the viral load in the body builds, and they become more and more contagious
Health authorities declined to say how many people in total might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer while he was symptomatic.
Dr. Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, treating Ebola patients, before returning to New York City on Oct. 14.
He told the authorities that he did not believe the protective gear he wore while working with Ebola patients had been breached but had been monitoring his own health.
This is important for every New Yorker and even New Jersey commuters to understand. Ebola is spreading rapidly and we should all be aware of symptoms, as well as keeping track of our own hygiene.