Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.

Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.

Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.

 

A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.

Craig Spencer, who was was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms — a 103-degree fever and nausea — spent Wednesday night bowling in Williamsburg, the sources said. He used Uber taxis to get there and back.

He landed at JFK airport on Oct. 17 on a connecting flight from Brussels, a source said. Spencer’s temperature was 98.7 degrees upon arrival, the source added.

Clad in hazmat suits, FDNY hazardous materials specialists sealed off his fifth-floor apartment around noon. Cops blocked off West 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam after he was taken to the hospital, witness Oscar Nunez said.

Another witness saw a person wrapped in blankets “like a mummy” being lifted from a wheelchair to a stretcher that was placed inside an ambulance.

“EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred to Bellevue Hospital a patient who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” the Health Department wrote in a statement.

Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa, treating Ebola patients in Guinea, sources said.

He’s undergoing testing at Bellevue to see if he has the deadly virus.

“After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, DOHMH has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work,” the Health Department said.

Test results should be available in the next 12 hours, they added.

As health officials wait for the results to come in, the case is being treated as if it were already confirmed, according to council member Mark Levine, who represents Spencer’s neighborhood.

“I want to assure everyone in Northern Manhattan that City, State and Federal public health authorities are responding with the highest possible level of urgency and marshaling every resource at their disposal to respond to this possible case,” he said in a statement.

NYPD caught dumping gloves, masks from Ebola site into street garbage can (VIDEO)

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Published: October 24, 2014

New York City police officers working around the Harlem apartment of Craig Spencer, the doctor who tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday, were caught discarding their protective gloves and masks in a street-corner trash bin.

According to the New York Post, the NYPD cordoned off the entire block in front of Spencer’s building on W. 147th Street. Authorities inside the apartment were reportedly wearing hazmat suits, so its possible that the gear-discarding officers were only on patrol outside the building.

NYPD bin protective wear after leaving ebola danger zone

 

 

Ebola in New York: Doctor who treated patients in Africa tests POSITIVE for virus after he’s rushed to Bellevue Hospital in New York with 103F fever and nausea

 

 

 

Breaking news ‘Few people’ were in direct contact with suspected Ebola patient – NYC Mayor

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A healthcare worker who had recently returned from Ebola-stricken Guinea where he treated patients has been rushed to a New York City hospital with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Preliminary results are expected within 12 hours.

The doctor suffering symptoms of the disease was rushed to hospital on Thursday with “all necessary precautions”, according to the New York City Department of Health. He was identified as Dr. Craig Spencer who works with Doctors Without Borders, according to CBS News.

New York City Councilor Mark Levine confirmed the patient being tested is Craig Spencer, adding that authorities were discussing possible evacuation of the Harlem apartment building where he lived.

“Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with [Spencer],” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Spencer was a medic working in Guinea but has been back in the United State for 10 days. He quarantined himself after developing a high fever, said the Daily News.

“Today, EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred to Bellevue Hospital a patient who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Bellevue Hospital administrators said in a statement. “The patient is a health care worker who returned to the US within the past 21 days from one of the three countries currently facing the outbreak of this virus.”

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The statement went on to say the patient was transported in protective equipment, and the hospital along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work.”

“We’re aware of the case and we’re working with the New York City health department,” a spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. “We’re consulting with them as they assess the case and any plan to test the patient will be announced by the New York authorities.”

READ MORE: US to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-stricken countries for 21 days

The patient is also being evaluated for other illnesses as well, as his symptoms can also be consistent with salmonella, malaria, or the stomach flu. Test results are expected in the next 12 hours.

Ebola hysteria soars to new heights in US schools

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP

Published time: October 20, 2014 14:39

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Ebola- scared parents have sent a Maine teacher on mandatory leave after he visited Dallas where first victim of the virus in US died. In Mississippi parents pulled their kids out of school because of the principal’s trip to Zambia.

The Portland Press Herald reports that a Maine teacher was placed on a 21-day paid leave of absence in light of parents’ concerns for their children’s health. Community members feared the teacher may have contracted Ebola while on a visit to Dallas for an educational seminar.

The teacher stayed at a hotel 9.5 miles away from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where the first US Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with the disease before he died, reports the Herald. Two Texas nurses are now being treated for the disease after contracting it from Duncan before his death.

Dora Anne Mills, former head of the Maine CDC and the current vice president for clinical affairs at the University of New England stressed that it is highly unlikely that the teacher is infected with Ebola. Ebola is not airborne disease and can only be transmitted through close contact with body fluids.

“Right now if I had a meeting in Dallas that I needed to take my children to, I would not hesitate,” said Mills to the Portland press herald.

READ MORE: Ebola: Viral hysteria, media craze and fear mongering infect the globe

Currently there are 135 people being monitored in some capacity for signs of the disease in Dallas, a city of 1.25 million, reports the paper.

Meanwhile, In Hazlehurst, Mississippi a crowd of parents took their kids out of school last Wednesday after finding out that the school’s principal, Lee Wannik, had recently returned from a funeral in Zambia, away according to a report WAPT News. Zambia is located on the other side of the African continent and 9,000 kilometers from countries devastated by Ebola in the west, and no cases of Ebola have been reported in the country.

Dr. Thomas Dobb’s, Mississippi’s epidemiologist quells parents fears, “The people we really need to pay attention to are those who have travelled only to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. If someone is coming back from another country in Africa, South Africa or some other place, there’s really no risk,” Dobbs told WAPT.

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Wannik has agreed to take a paid vacation to put frightened parents’ minds at ease.

“He did not want to be a distraction to the educational process and decided to take personal vacation leave and volunteered to go see any additional medical help that he could,” Superintendent John Sullivan told WAPT.

Dr. Gene Beresin, Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a psychiatrist at Mass General and Harvard Medical School cautioned against unbridled panic spurred by confusion and misinformation as he urged parents to focus on facts.

“Parents have to curb their own anxiety and hysteria because it’s contagious. It’s more contagious than Ebola,” he told NECN.

 

Breaking news NYC mulls evacuation of suspected Ebola patient’s condo

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Reuters / Mike Segar

Doctor with Ebola symptoms rushed to NYC hospital

Published time: October 23, 2014 21:28

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A healthcare worker who had recently returned from Ebola-stricken Guinea where he treated patients has been rushed to a New York City hospital with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Preliminary results are expected within 12 hours.

The doctor suffering symptoms of the disease was rushed to hospital on Thursday with “all necessary precautions”, according to the New York City Department of Health. He was identified as Dr. Craig Spencer who works with Doctors Without Borders, according to CBS News.

New York City Councilor Mark Levine confirmed the patient being tested is Craig Spencer, adding that authorities were discussing possible evacuation of the Harlem apartment building where he lived.

Spencer was a medic working in Guinea but has been back in the United State for 10 days. He quarantined himself after developing a high fever, said the Daily News.

Today, EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred to Bellevue Hospital a patient who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Bellevue Hospital administrators said in a statement. “The patient is a health care worker who returned to the US within the past 21 days from one of the three countries currently facing the outbreak of this virus.”

READ MORE: ‘No skin exposure’: US tightens guidance for Ebola protective gear

The statement went on to say the patient was transported in protective equipment, and the hospital along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work.”

NYC is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all New Yorkers. MORE: http://on.nyc.gov/1nAUd2M

 

 

The courage of a small and impoverished island with a big heart…

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Cuban health workers in Sierra Leone.Credit Florian Plaucheur/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola – The Times

Breaking News: Obama authorizes use of National Guard to fight Ebola in W. Africa

A soldier goes through the decontamination process with U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), who are earmarked for the fight against Ebola, take part in training before their deployment to West Africa, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (Reuters / Harrison McClary)

A soldier goes through the decontamination process with U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), who are earmarked for the fight against Ebola, take part in training before their deployment to West Africa, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (Reuters / Harrison McClary)

President Barack Obama authorized the Pentagon to call up members of the National Guard and other military reserve units on Thursday to help combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Obama said the guardsmen would “augment the active forces in support of Operation United Assistance, providing humanitarian assistance and consequence management related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the West Africa region” in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Hill reported.

The Defense Department is expected to send eight engineers and logistical specialists from the Guard ‒ both active-duty and reservists ‒ during the first deployment, sources told NBC News. They are likely to help build 17 Ebola treatment centers, with 100 beds apiece.

US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)

US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)

The Guard members would join the nearly 4,000 regular troops deploying to West Africa in the coming weeks in an effort to contribute in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in the region, according to the Pentagon.

Obama signed the executive order Thursday afternoon, permitting the Pentagon to use the reservists and Guard troops, the Associated Press reported. The DOD said the use of an executive order was necessary to speed the deployments, and would allow the president to send additional forces as needed, according to NBC News. Obama also notified top congressional officials of his move.

There are nearly 9,000 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola in five West African countries, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 4,500 people have died from the virus so far. The biggest outbreak is in Liberia, where US troops will be sent to provide humanitarian assistance. Widespread transmission is also occurring in Guinea and Sierra Leone, while there has been localized transmission in Nigeria, Spain and the United States. Senegal has had a travel-associated case.

Ebola Response Roadmap 10 October 2014 (World Health Organization)

Ebola Response Roadmap 10 October 2014 (World Health Organization)

The World Bank predicted last Wednesday that the spread of Ebola presents a $33 billion threat to West African economies if the disease isn’t contained. Earlier that week, scientists predicted that there was a 75 percent chance that Ebola would reach France by the end October and a 50 percent chance for the UK.

Ebola infections in West Africa could hit 1.4 million by the end of January if current trends continue and no immediate, large-scale increase in response measures is taken, the CDC said in a September estimate.