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Recently Returned from Africa, Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

Eyder Peralta | NPR   in 
October 24, 2014

A patient at a New York City hospital has tested positive for Ebola, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday.

According to a statement from Doctors Without Borders, a doctor returned to the United States Oct. 12 after working with Ebola patients in Guinea.

The man — who has been identified as Craig Spencer, 33 — notified the nonprofit’s office that he had a fever this morning and he was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he also presented with gastrointestinal issues. Spencer had not been symptomatic before Thursday morning, which reduces the risk that he could have passed the infection on to others.

At the news conference, de Blasio emphasized the unlikelihood of contracting Ebola through casual contact, saying that riding on the same subway with or living nearby an Ebola patient does not pose a significant risk.

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