After New York City doctor Craig Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday evening, many amateur epidemiologists took to Twitter to condemn the Doctors Without Borders physician who volunteered to care for Ebola patients in Guinea. Meanwhile, Nick Muzin, deputy chief of staff to Senator Ted Cruz, suggested the White House was to blame, tweeting, "Before Obamacare, there had never been a confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S." After much mockery, he called the deleted tweet a "bad joke," but in a Twitter rant Donald Trump suggested Muzin didn't go far enough. "If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa,has Ebola,then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign!" he declared.
On Thursday, Dr. Craig Spencer, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients in Guinea, was rushed to New York's Bellevue Hospital with a high fever. A few hours later, tests confirmed the worst: Spencer has Ebola, making him the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, and the first diagnosed outside of Texas. So far, the situation appears to be under control: Bellevue has been preparing for weeks, Spencer was hospitalized shortly after becoming symptomatic, and officials are already tracking down anyone he may have come into contact with. However, the fact that he went to a bowling alley, took a taxi, and rode the subway on Wednesday night is not likely to calm those already on edge about the virus. Here's what we know about the situation so far.
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A New York City doctor was rushed to Bellevue earlier today with Ebola-like symptoms, just ten days after he returned from treating patients in one of the affected countries in Africa. Though city officials insist that any hospital is capable of treating low-stage patients with the disease, Bellevue has been designated as the center of Ebola care. Below are photos of some of the protective gear Bellevue staff will wear while treating patients, as explained to reporters earlier this month.
Pope Francis had some pointed things to say about some of America's favorite things — torture, the death penalty, mass imprisonment — in an address to the International Association of Penal Law on Thursday, calling on Christians and "men of good faith" to fight "not only for the abolition of the death penalty," but also to improve prison conditions. "A sentence of life [without parole] is a hidden death penalty," he said.
A Doctors Without Borders health-care worker who was treating Ebola patients in Africa within the last three weeks was rushed to the hospital on Thursday and is being tested for the virus "because of this patient's recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work," the city announced in a statement this afternoon. The individual, identified by the New York Post as Dr. Craig Spencer of Harlem, was suffering from "a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms," although the statement cautions that "these symptoms can also be consistent with salmonella, malaria, or the stomach flu." Update: Spencer has tested positive for Ebola, making him the city's first diagnosed case.