The 33 year old confirmed Ebola patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, a New York City doctor who also works with Doctors Without Borders, returned from Guinea in West Africa 10 days ago. Dr. Craig Spencer is reported to have classic Ebola symptoms which include fatigue, high fever of 103.0, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems.
The Ebola virus in him is so far unconfirmed, results should be in within the 12 hours. After returning to the U.S. from Guinea the patient visited a bowling alley CNN reported today. They also reported that his girlfriend will likely also be tested, and has been placed in isolation. It was also pointed out that this could also be a number of other diseases, like Malaria, or a bad stomach flu. However, later that night the test came back with a positive result for Ebola.
“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.” – NY Post
What is known about this patient:
- a male, age 33.
- returned from Guinea 10 days ago through JFK airport.
- a NYC doctor, with Doctors Without Borders.
- his symptoms: high fever 103.0, nausea, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems.
- will take up to 12 hours to get test results.
- visited bowling alley, has girlfriend that will also be tested, and placed in isolation.
- began feeling sluggish a few days ago
- stayed in a Brussels hotel in Belgium, Sept 18th.
- returned to U.S. on Oct. 14th.
- currently being treated at Bellevue Hospital in NYC.
If the result is positive for Ebola, the patient would likely be moved to one of the five hospitals around the country that are able, and ready to care for Ebola patients, in either Atlanta, Georgia, Omaha, Nebraska, or in Maryland, or stay in New York if they are prepared.
“Law enforcement sources said the patient was a 33-year-old who recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries currently battling an Ebola outbreak. The patient traveled through Brussels, Belgium, and arrived at JFK Airport, law enforcement sources said.
911 operators inquired about the patient’s travel history and arrived at the patient’s residence in full protective gear, the EMT union president told ABC News.
Preliminary test results for Ebola are expected within 12 hours, the hospital said.” – ABC
Globally, there have been 4,500+ deaths from Ebola, most of the deaths occurred in West Africa in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in this 2014 outbreak that began in March.
Video: “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.”– NY Post
Possible Ebola patient transferred to a NYC hospital.