Date
21 October 2017
Police are seen at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital, where a doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. Photo: AFP
Police are seen at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital, where a doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. Photo: AFP

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola

A New York doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in the West African country of Guinea has tested positive for the deadly virus, BBC News reported on Friday.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres, is the first Ebola case diagnosed in New York, the largest city in the United States, the report said.

He came down with a fever and had diarrhea on Thursday, New York officials were quoted as saying. He was taken to the city’s Bellevue Hospital, where he was immediately placed into isolation.

Health department officials sought to retrace his movements in the city in the past few days and identify those who had contact with him, the New York Times reported.

At least three people have been identified and placed in isolation.

Spencer is the fourth person to be diagnosed with the disease in the US. The first was infected with the virus in his native Liberia and traveled to Dallas, Texas, before symptoms of the disease surfaced. He died on Oct. 8.

Two nurses who treated him also came down with the disease and are recovering in hospital.

In Mali, a two-year-old girl who recently returned from Guinea was confirmed on Thursday to have caught the virus, making her the country’s first case of Ebola.

The girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the child was then brought by relatives to Mali, Reuters reported, citing a health ministry official.

Since March, more than 4,800 people have died of Ebola, mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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