A New York City doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea was taken to the hospital on Thursday with Ebola-like symptoms.
The patient’s name is Craig Spencer, confirmed New York City Councilman Mark Levine. Authorities are discussing evacuating Spencer’s Harlem apartment building, reports Reuters.
The New York City Department of Health confirmed that a patient who had recently traveled in Africa was being tested for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan after experiencing symptoms like fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Test results are expected within the next 12 hours.
Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) confirmed that a person in New York who had recently worked with the organization in West Africa reported a fever to them Thursday morning. The organization immediately notified the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene with the news. As with all Doctors Without Borders staff who return from working with Ebola patients, the person had been monitoring his health daily since returning from his trip.
At this stage Doctors Without Borders said it will not be providing any further details about its colleague. HuffPost reached out to officials from Bellevue and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but did not receive immediate comment.
If confirmed, the patient would be the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.