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Ebola hits New York City

10/24/2014

USA Today
By Yamiche Alcindor and William M. Welch

NEW YORK — The first case of Ebola arrived in New York City on Thursday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that a doctor who recently returned from West Africa, working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, had tested positive for the infection.

"We want to state at the outset, there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed," the mayor said. "New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at risk."

He was identified as Craig Spencer, 33, an emergency physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital after experiencing fever and other symptoms Thursday, less than a week after returning from Guinea, in West Africa.

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