A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.

While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges surrounding containment of the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.

Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley and then took a taxi home.



  1. Sdd–Because that is not how Ebola works. It is transferred through bodily fluids, and not the air, so a gas mask would do nothing. Might as well ask why they don’t give out gas masks to fight AIDS

  2. What will it take for the government to see the need for a simple old solution to an old problem?? Those entering the USA (whether US citizens or not),after being in one of the areas where Ebola is prevalent, should be quarantined for the incubation period of the disease, monitored and tested before release. This type of thing was done in our country in the past. Why isn’t the CDC taking obvious steps to protect the US population.

  3. Rabbi Wallerstein have a shiur in which he spoke about the current events, like Isis and Ebola. It can be watched/ listened to on Torah Anytime.

    I highly recommend it. It was so inspiring!