New York City (NYC) physician, Craig Spencer, who recently returned to the U.S. from treating patients in the most affected Ebola ravaged areas tested positive for the lethal virus late Thursday. He has now officially become NYC’s first diagnosed case. The physician was exposed to the virus while working with Doctors Without Borders in the most affected regions treating Ebola patients before returning to New York City on October 14.
The physician was rushed to a local hospital on Thursday after experiencing symptoms and placed in isolation, while health care workers scattered over NYC to locate anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. Further testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm the initial test results.
While officials have said they expected isolated Ebola cases to arrive in New York and had been preparing for this occurrence for months, the first case in NYC has demonstrated the challenges involved in containment of the potentially lethal virus, especially in densely populated, big city areas.
At this time, health officials have declined to comment on the possible number of people who might have come into direct contact with Dr. Spencer while he was symptomatic and subsequently contagious. The physician was exposed to the virus while working with Doctors Without Borders in the most affected regions treating Ebola patients before returning to New York City on October 14.
By Leigh Haugh
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