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A New York-based doctor has contracted Ebola.

The 33-year-old doctor named Craig Spencer, works with Doctors Without Borders, and had just returned to New York city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea on October 17th, CNN reports.

Sources say the symptoms of the disease only began to manifest on Thursday, when Spencer started to experience  nausea, pain, fever, and fatigue.

He is presently in isolation at New York’s Bellevue Hospital.

Addressing the possibility of Spencer being in contact with other people before he was hospitalized, sources say “he went for a jog, may have gone to a restaurant, traveled the city’s vast subway system and went bowling before feeling ill, but the likelihood of him spreading the virus is low.”

“We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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21 Comments

  1. kassy dameji

    October 24, 2014 at 9:06 am

    May God help them.

  2. Emmanuel friday

    October 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

    We are in the last days……bt GOD will help us

  3. Mz Socially Awkward...

    October 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

    And just like that, this virus has become a problem for the US to deal with.

    I really hope and pray the doctor makes it to full recovery. Also wondering how returning health workers are assessed when they get back into the country, if he treated patients in Guinea on Oct 17 & and was already back to his regular life in New York (i.e. jogging, taking the subway, etc.) before the symptoms showed up on Oct 22? Had supposed there would be a 21 day observation period for all people at risk of infection?

    • Ayaba

      October 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

      My thought as well.
      They might say they will not be able to quarantine everyone who comes in from those countries for the required length of time. But a Doctor, whom they know has been in contact with Ebola patients, treating them, should be quarantined for that number of days ooh!!! Just to make sure. double sure sef! Look at it now? Just one week after his arrival and symptoms are manifesting??? haba!! God ooh!! Help us!!

    • Suwa

      October 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Brilliant comment! Shouldnt there be some sort of observation period for health workers but im sure the moment he felt signs of illness, he took measures not to infect others unlike some others…Hope he gets well soon
      As for hmm below, never seen any comment as alarming and dumb, you can also type at once and post, this is not bb or watsap where you keep writing n pressing the post button as more silly thoughts come to mind.

    • Ayaba

      October 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

      My thought as well.
      They might say they will not be able to quarantine everyone who comes in from those countries for the required length of time. But a Doctor, whom they know has been in contact with Ebola patients, treating them, should be quarantined for that number of days ooh!!! Just to make sure. double sure sef! Look at it now? Just one week after his arrival and symptoms are manifesting??? haba!! God ooh!! Help us!!

    • A

      October 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Article says he treated patients in Guinea on Oct 17

    • A

      October 24, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Hopefully, No, it hasn’t. Didn’t the Patrick guy fly to Nigeria from Liberia? Were the people he came in contact with on the plane infected? No….lets not be too quick to jump to conclusions.

  4. hmm

    October 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Are some people* doing this SO THEY CAN HAVE THE EXCUSE TO RE-INFECT NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS??

    So peoples attention wont be here when they destroy the “Largest economy” in

  5. hmm

    October 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

    in Africa.

    Cos you know, GOD FORBIDS IJN, ebola returns here, which I suspect is their plan, nobody would be able to point fingers at America and then the borders would be shut and all the destinies in Lekki might perish. Hmm

  6. hmm

    October 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

    In Africa
    you know, GOD FORBIDS IJN, ebola returns here, which I suspect is their plan, nobody would be able to point fingers at America and then the borders would be shut and all the destinies in Lekki might perish. Hmm

  7. hmm

    October 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    with all these economies collapsing, low wages, britain begging scotland to stay, countries looking for who to sell arms to…

  8. NagosBigBoi

    October 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Why are republicans allowing an organization that has no borders to operate in the US. They must build a fence around them so that they become: “Doctors Without Borders, But With A Fence”. All Americans (not only Africans) that go to Africa must be kept outside the U.S.. Take away their passports. I understand he rode the subway to go see Dr. Donald Trump MB.BS (moth brained bull shitter).

  9. B.I.G

    October 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

    hahaha America said it wasnt their problem now God is making it their problem BY FORCE. First Texas now New York. Let this be a lesson to all, ebola is a virus without borders, it is the world’s problem not just west africa’s!

    • D

      October 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      If Americans had decided it was not there problem, they(America) would not be dealing with Ebola today.. It is because of the humanitarian services that they offer that people like this Dr is where he is today and this is why I tell people, it will take Americans listening to people’s BS to teach the whole world a lesson. Who are the people donating to the efforts, yes Americans. Where are the African Drs that should be helping “their brothers”? We ask them for help with the same lips, insult them, trying to bite the hands that feed us. Making ignorant and uneducated comments like oh they are trying to destroy our economy and bring it back to us. IF ONLY AMERICANS would not put their lives at risk to save others the Dr and American Health care workers that have been infected so far would have been Ebola free. We need to start checking ourselves because those are the things we do and say even within ourselves that has made us all so cold and not willing to help those around us and we cry about the state of our country.

  10. Ada

    October 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Hold on a minute, what happened to the intense check put in place at the 5 airports to check people coming in from Ebola infected countries. Something tells me that Americans don’t want to accept that this is a global epidemic. They still live in the delusion that it’s a west African problem.

  11. Tosin

    October 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hope he gets well.
    Hope they get to work INSTANTLY with public-health measures to make sure it doesn’t spread in the US. Awareness and quarantine, the tracking system…

  12. ak

    October 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I hope he gets well soon too.

    In a time of crisis, the solution is NOT to close your borders, because eventually crisis will reach your borders.

    America is doing the right and humane thing- To isolate any risk of disease bearers to 5 major airports that are equipped to deal with the disease.

    In this man’s case, he came in with no symptoms on the 17th of october… You can (but really should not) quarantine people with no symptoms… He has to have symptoms first before you quarantine. And if you attempt to quarantine multiple people with no symptoms, the likelihood of them infecting one another when one person becomes infections is very high…
    (This is what is happening/happened in parts of Liberia/Sierra Leone— Simply quarantining people with no symptoms and condemning them to die when 1 person has symptoms and spreads it virally)

    Besides it is not feasible for the isolation units- same thing as prisons… You can only handle so many people in a building. You risk overcrowding

    Besides, you can only attach so much Ebola Response Team to people who have a high risk of developing Ebola… At the end of the day, when people who are truly infectious come, you may have lack of staff.

    2. The right/feasible thing to do is simply ask the man to monitor himself and report to any designated hospital if he notices symptoms

  13. Joyce

    October 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    If he’s African, they will tell you the chances of him spreading the virus is high, smh. Why a doctor will come back from treating ebola patients and not quarantine himself for the 21 days is what I don’t understand. God help us!

  14. Grown Woman

    October 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Chai God help us we are no longer safe

  15. StilZee

    October 25, 2014 at 12:59 am

    It’s well….

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