Dr. Craig Spencer, the New York man who was isolated shortly after noon today for exhibiting symptoms of deadly Ebola, has in fact contracted the virus. Spencer returned from Guinea, where he worked with Doctors Without Borders to treat Ebola patients, just ten days ago. This is the first diagnosed case of Ebola to hit New York City.
The CDC is currently conducting a secondary test to confirm Spencer’s diagnosis. It is not likely to reveal any information contrary to the initial test.
Being that Spencer was out and about in one of the largest cities in America shortly before he was rushed to the hospital, the cause for concern is high. There is no telling how many other citizens the doctor may have infected in the time between his return from West Africa and now. Spencer traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway Wednesday night en route to a bowling alley. After the excursion, he took a taxi back home.
Dr. Spencer has given health workers a detailed accounting of his activities over the last few days. “Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with him,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference Thursday evening.
Spencer will be treated at Bellevue Hospital. The CDC has dispatched a team of experts to assist in handling the case.