New York Doctor tests positive for Ebola
Posted: Oct 24, 2014 1:13 AM CDT | Updated: Jul 28, 2016 5:26 PM CDT
Dr. Craig Spencer was treating Ebola patients in Guinea, a country in West Africa.
Dr. Spencer was working with the group \"Doctors Without Borders.\" Health officials say Dr. Spencer's girlfriend and many of his friends are now being quarantined.
Dr. Spencer had been self-monitoring since his return to New York, but what has many people concerned is the number of people who may have had contact with the doctor.
Health officials say the doctor traveled to Brooklyn and then back to Manhattan, Wednesday night.
Dr. Spencer reportedly took a three mile run, rode two subway lines, and an Uber cab to get around before he began to feel sick.
Dr. Spencer reported fever and abdominal pain this morning. He was rushed to a hospital where he was placed in an isolation ward.
Thursday evening, officials in New York are scrambling to keep people calm.
\"We want to state at the outset, there's no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,\" said Mayor Bill de Blasio, of New York City, \"New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at risk.\"
CDC says direct contact with an infected person's bodily fluids is the main way Ebola is spread. The other way is exposure to contaminated objects, like needles.
The virus is not airborne. CDC also says you can not contract Ebola through water or food legally purchased in the US.
Right now, there are no Ebola cases documented in Wisconsin.