New York Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola

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Dr Spencer is originally from Detroit, Michigan

Dr Spencer is originally from Detroit, Michigan

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Not what we want to hear, 5 days we heard no new cases outside West Africa, now we see one in New York and one in Mali North of Guinea, just as it was slowed down, lets hope this isn’t in New York, I mean spreading. Pray!

A New York hospital is testing a doctor who has returned from West Africa with “Ebola-like” symptoms, the city’s health department said. The patient at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan is a healthcare worker who came back to the US within the past 21 days, it said. Test results for the doctor, who has a 103-degree (39.4C) fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, are expected within hours. The medic has been named as 33-year-old Craig Spencer, originally from Detroit, Michigan. He was working with the aid group Doctors Without Borders, reportedly in Guinea, one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the deadly disease.

Mali ALSO reported its first case of the disease on Thursday in a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from Guinea. “The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment,” Mali’s Health Minister Ousmane Kone  told state television. Just as we had 5 days with no cases outside the West African area. CDC and W.H.O both said it would kill 10,000 people a week as we get closer to Christmas, is this Ebola about to show it’self for real? Two new reports in the USA and Mali

A health ministry official said the girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the child was brought to the Malian capital Bamako by relatives before travelling to Kayes. People who have come contact into the girl while in Kayes are being monitored and officials have appealed for those who may have had contact with her elsewhere to get in touch with them. In New York, hazmat-suited specialists have sealed off his fifth-floor apartment in Harlem. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference “very few” people had had direct contact with the doctor. The medic took an Uber taxi to a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Tuesday night, CNN reports.

 An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York City

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York City

A woman who appeared agitated identified herself at Bellevue’s front desk as the patient’s fiancee, according to Reuters news agency. Bellevue said in a statement: “The Health Department’s team of disease detectives immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk.” Bellevue is one of three Manhattan hospitals and eight in the state of New York equipped to handle patients diagnosed with Ebola. From Wednesday, travellers to the US from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the countries worst affected by the epidemic, were being funnelled through one of five major American airports conducting heightened screening for the virus. As the measures came into force, Connecticut placed six West Africans who arrived in the US on Saturday under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure.

Eight people are known to have been treated for Ebola in the US, six of whom contracted the deadly virus in West Africa. There have been only three diagnoses so far in the US – a now-deceased Liberian man, Thomas Duncan, in Dallas, Texas, and two nurses who treated him. The family of one nurse, Amber Vinson, said in a statement on Wednesday that health officials were “no longer able to detect virus in her body”. The other infected nurse, Nina Pham, is said to be in good condition at a federal hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  Also on Wednesday an NBC freelance cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was discharged from a Nebraska hospital after being cured of Ebola.

The 33-year-old, who caught the virus while working in Liberia, flew home to Rhode Island. The disease has killed nearly 4,900 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Dr. Craig Spencer is seen in this undated LinkedIn profile photo

Dr. Craig Spencer is seen in this undated LinkedIn profile photo

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/23/doctor-treated-ebola-patients-hospital-new-york

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/23/us-health-ebola-newyork-idUSKCN0IC2CU20141023

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/doctor-isolated-york-city-hospital-tests-positive-ebola/story?id=26406430

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/23/doctor-treated-ebola-patients-hospital-new-york

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