The New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola has entered the next phase of his illness, according to the New York City Health And Hospitals Corporation.
A press release from NYC HHC indicated that Dr. Craig Spencer has begun to experience gastrointestinal symptoms. He is said to be awake and communicating.
Spencer had been treating Ebola patients with the group Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center after developing a fever this Thursday.
Spencer is New York’s first Ebola patient, and as such has generated significant attention.
At a press conference on Thursday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.” In an attempt to quell potential fears of New York residents, de Blasio explained, “New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person’s bodily fluids are not at all at risk.”
The full press release from NYC HHC reads as follows:
The patient at Bellevue Hospital Center is entering the next phase of his illness, as anticipated with the appearance of gastrointestinal symptoms.
The patient is awake and communicating. The Bellevue clinical team in charge of care for the patient is in constant communication with CDC and with other leading medical centers such as Emory University Hospital and the Nebraska Medical Center. A large CDC team has been actively involved in advising the Bellevue staff and we are very appreciative of the additional guidance.
In addition to the required supportive therapy, we initiated antiviral therapy within hours of admission. We also administered plasma therapy yesterday. These therapies have been used at Emory and Nebraska.
The patient’s fiancée will return to her home this evening under quarantine.