Ebola Test for Doctors Without Borders physician; He Didn’t Self Quarantine

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“Investigators are taking the case seriously because it appears the doctor didn’t self-quarantine, the official said. The official said he was out in public. Authorities are possibly going to quarantine his girlfriend, with whom he was spending time since his return from Africa.”

A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned from West Africa is at a New York hospital for isolation and testing for the Ebola virus, Authorities said.

The 33-year-old physician, employed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told us. On Thursday morning he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for testing.

An image of Craig Spencer taken from his LinkedIn profile. \n
An image of Craig Spencer taken from his LinkedIn profile.

The doctor, who returned from West Africa about 10 days ago, has been identified as Craig Spencer, according to law enforcement officials.

At a news conference Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to allay public concerns about the spread of the deadly virus, saying that “careful protocols were followed every step of the way” in the city’s dealing with the case. The doctor has “worked closely” with health officials, the mayor said.

De Blasio told reporters that the doctor exhibited symptoms of Ebola virus for “a very brief period of time” and had direct contact with “very few people” in New York.

“The important thing to remember here is, until we have full information, we can’t draw conclusions,” de Blasio said. “So we want to be careful not to make assumptions until all the testing is done.”

The CDC had people packing up to go to New York on Thursday, and a specimen from the physician will be sent soon to Atlanta for testing.

Investigators are taking the case seriously because it appears the doctor didn’t quarantine himself following his return, the law enforcement official said.

 

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.
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