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NYC confirms first Ebola case
24 Oct 2014 14:02
A doctor who recently returned to New York after treating Ebola patients in Guinea has tested positive for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city.
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The 33-year-old, identified as Craig Spencer, has been placed in isolation, in what is the fourth case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.
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The other three cases have all been in Texas.
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The patient arrived back in America's largest city at JFK Airport on 17 October, travelling via Europe, after working with Ebola patients in west Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières.
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said: "Today, testing confirmed that a patient here in New York City had tested positive for Ebola."
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The patient had monitored himself for any sign of the disease and only displayed his first symptoms yesterday.
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He contacted Médecins Sans Frontières immediately and was transferred to hospital.
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He had taken a subway train to Brooklyn to go bowling on Wednesday and the bowling alley in Williamsburg has since closed as a precaution.
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The patient's fiancée and two friends, with whom he has had close contact, are healthy and being quarantined, New York City health commissioner Mary Bassett told reporters.
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She added that one of the three has been admitted to Bellevue Hospital.
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A fourth person, the driver of an Uber taxi, had no direct physical contact with the patient and is considered not to be at risk, she said.
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