Yesterday the headlines talked about the first New Yorker to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus. Things moved quickly and the New York health officials were praised for treating the patient as soon as he started experiencing the Ebola symptoms. This was the first official Ebola case registered in one of the most populated cities in the United States. A virus outbreak in such a big city would be disastrous.
Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio made an official statement saying that the citizens of New York should not panic because the situation is under control and the first case of Ebola in New York is being treated in the most efficient ways possible. They also said that there is no real danger of an outbreak of Ebola in New York, although the doctor who contracted Ebola took the subway, a cab and went bowling at a place full of people.
The New York doctor is believed to have contracted the Ebola on one of his trips. He returned from a trip to Guinea a week ago and came back showing the Ebola symptoms. It’s not certain yet where he contracted the virus.
The first case of Ebola in New York is doctor Craig Spencer, who came to the hospital on Thursday, October 23 with a fever of 103 degrees and a bad case of diarrhea. He was immediately taken to the Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he was isolated in a special ward designated for Ebola patients.
Health officials have been trying to trace the persons Dr. Spencer came in contact with and identify therm. So far, the doctor’s fiancée and two of his friends have been put into quarantine. The three persons do not show any signs of Ebola symptoms yet.
Health officials are stressing out the important fact that the chances of New York people contracting the Ebola virus are very low. The Ebola virus can only be contracted if a person comes in direct contact with another’s infected bodily fluids. Health officials try to assure everyone that the Ebola virus cannot be contracted just by being near someone who has the virus.
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