New York patient being tested for Ebola is Dr. Craig Spencer


NEW YORK (Reuters) – The patient being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital was identified as a doctor named Craig Spencer from Harlem, New York City Councilman Mark Levine said on Thursday.

Hours after Spencer was taken to Bellevue Hospital to undergo tests after complaining of fever and gastrointestinal discomfort, authorities were discussing possible evacuation of the Harlem apartment building where he lived, Levine said.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The doctor being tested in New York for Ebola has not been back to his hospital job or seen patients since returning from West Africa, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center said on Thursday.

Dr. Craig Spencer was described as a “committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first” in a statement released by the hospital in upper Manhattan.

Spencer, 33, who was in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, was being tested at Bellevue Hospital after experiencing fever and gastrointestinal discomfort.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Sandra Maler)