New York. An American doctor who became the first person to be diagnosed in New York with Ebola is to be released from hospital on Tuesday after he recovered.
A statement from city health officials declared that Craig Spencer “has been declared free of the virus”.
He worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Guinea and tested positive for Ebola on October 23 after he returned.
The news that he went on the subway and went bowling the night before falling ill had officials retracing his steps.
Dr Spencer is one of several Americans to have recovered after being treated at a specialist unit in the US.
A Liberian man died in Dallas after contracting the virus before coming to the country.
But the fatality rate in West Africa is much higher, where nearly 5,000 people have died.
Dr Spencer was given an experimental drug, and blood plasma donated by another American who recovered from the disease, Nancy Writebol, according to the New York Times.
“After a rigorous course of treatment and testing, Dr Craig Spencer – the patient admitted and diagnosed with Ebola Disease Virus at HHC Bellevue Hospital Centre – has been declared free of the virus,” the city’s health department said in a statement.
His movements around the city before he tested positive sparked two states, New York and New Jersey, to impose controversial quarantine measures for aid workers returning to the US from West Africa.
One nurse, Kaci Hickox, defied instructions to stay indoors because she had no symptoms and repeatedly tested negative.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor