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Ebola: I’ll Take Manhattan

EBOLA DOCTOR Comes To NYC From Africa, Parties On, Has Ebola Next Morning

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Dr. Spencer did everything right, still got Ebola

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that a doctor admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday has tested positive for the Ebola virus, adding “there’s no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.”

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.

While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges involved in containing the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis. Dr. Spencer, 33, had traveled on the A and L

subway lines Wednesday night, visited a bowling alley in Williamsburg, and then took a taxi back to Manhattan.

The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public. The authorities have interviewed Dr. Spencer several times and are also looking at information from his credit cards and MetroCard to determine his movements.




Is everyone out of their cotton pickin’ minds? Hello morons? Knock knock, is anything going on in that empty thing under your hair? Hellooo???

ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE who has been working with Ebola patients ANYWHERE, especially in WEST FRIGGIN AFRICA, gets the 21 day quarantine. At least.

This guy followed the rules to the letter, and still got sick, and still put others at risk. Obviously, the rules are crap. 

Dr. Spencer’s work in Africa and the timing of the onset of his symptoms led health officials to dispatch disease detectives, who “immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” according to a statement released by the health department.

Dr. Spencer’s fiancée has also been quarantined at Bellevue. Two other friends, who had contact with him on Tuesday and Wednesday, have been told by the authorities that they too will be quarantined but whether they will isolate themselves in their homes or be relocated was still under discussion, according to a person briefed on the investigation. None of the three were showing signs of illness.

Nope. I do not give a damn. Either we lock the door completely and let no one in at all from Africa, or who has been in Africa in the past month, or we automatically quarantine everyone from the active nations. This is the minimum step. It’s beyond obvious that we automatically quarantine everyone who has been over there as part of any kind of Ebola relief effort. Thankfully, we don’t yet have so many people coming here from that part of Africa that we couldn’t warehouse them all for 3 weeks or longer.

No way in Hell that this guy’s feet should have touched American soil. Whether he was showing symptoms or not. No way. And no exceptions. And his buddies, and that taxi driver? Round them up. Into the bunny suit, off to Camp Q for a 3 week visit. Nothing voluntary about it. It’s just not worth taking a chance.

Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor, was working with Doctors Without Borders and returned from Guinea more than a week ago. Officials were contacted after he reported a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a statement from the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

NY Governor Cuomo said that New York City was “as ready as one can be for this circumstance.” He said the city is much more prepared than a Dallas hospital was when the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was admitted there last month.

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City officials say Spencer acknowledged riding multiple subway lines and taking a cab to a Brooklyn bowling alley called “The Gutter” in the past week before he started showing symptoms. He also visited the High Line park and went on a three-mile jog.

The city’s health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer’s fiancé and two friends had been quarantined. The city has also been in contact with an Uber driver who drove Spencer, but said the two did not have direct contact.

According to a rough timeline provided by city officials, the doctor’s symptoms developed Wednesday, prompting him to isolate himself in his apartment.

When he felt worse Thursday, he and his fiancé made a joint call to authorities to detail his symptoms and his travels. EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived and took him to Bellevue in an ambulance surrounded by police squad cars.

Ok, so I’m probably a bit over the top, in panic mode. It does sound like he sort of did the right thing. But if he’d come off the plane and into mandated isolation then there would be no threat at all to the rest of us. There is no reason for the public to have to go through this.

Oh, and speaking of worthless, Dr. Spencer passed the new CDC airport screening protocols given to all people coming here from West Africa. Guess they aren’t worth a hill of beans. But we pretty much knew that anyway.

More reading if you feel like it at this link.

Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, said per the guidelines it provides its staff members on their return from Ebola assignments, “the individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately.” As of Oct. 14, the organization said 16 staff members have been infected and nine have died.
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Four American aid workers, including three doctors, were infected with Ebola while working in Africa and were transferred to the U.S. for treatment in recent months. All recovered.

Health care workers are vulnerable because of close contact with patients when they are their sickest and most contagious. In West Africa this year, more than 440 health workers have contracted Ebola and about half have died.


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