The U.S. healthcare system got a new Ebola patient last week when a doctor in New York City tested positive, while another, Texas nurse Nina Pham, was declared free of the Ebola virus.
The New York patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, worked with Doctors Without Borders in West Africa, treating Ebola patients there before returning to New York. Spencer, an emergency room doctor, had worked in Guinea and now is being cared for in an isolation ward at New York's Bellevue Hospital Center.
The city has designated Bellevue an Ebola treatment center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday confirmed that Spencer has Ebola. It has sent an Ebola response team to New York.
During a news conference last week, officials said Spencer showed no symptoms in Guinea nor on his journey back to the U.S. He finished work in Guinea on Oct. 12, left the country Oct. 14 and returned to the U.S. via a stop in Europe, landing Oct. 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.