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What we know about Ebola in New York: Officials' statements

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on his LinkedIn profile, cared for Ebola patients in Guinea and has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials said. He is being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center. Credit: LinkedIn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local officials moved to calm Ebola fears at a news conference at Bellevue Hospital Center after Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who returned to New York from a trip to Guinea on Oct. 17, tested positive for the Ebola virus.

What we know, from city and health officials:


— Dr. Craig Spencer, a doctor who lives in West Harlem, went to Guinea in West Africa as part of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders to help health care efforts in the Ebola-ravaged region.


— He returned to New York on Oct. 17, traveling through Kennedy Airport, reported fatigue on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and was out and about on Oct. 22 before coming down with a 100.3-degree fever and nausea on Thursday, Oct. 23.

— Spencer was then taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital Center by a specially trained team in protective suits.

— He came into contact with four people on Oct. 22 — his girlfriend, two friends and a cabdriver — who are being monitored, though none are considered at risk.


— Spencer reportedly went jogging on the west side of Manhattan, visited the High Line in Manhattan and had coffee at the Blue Bottle coffee stand there, went to dinner at the Meatball Shop in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, and took an Uber car service and the No. 1 subway train. He also took the A and L trains to a bowling alley called The Gutter in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

— The bowling alley has been cleared of infection risk after an investigation, as has the Blue Bottle coffee stand. The restaurant is expected to be cleared Friday.

— Spencer's West Harlem apartment building has been closed, and all tenants have been told to vacate while the CDC investigates.


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