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Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:14

An American doctor who is the first to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York City remains in stable condition, while one of the nurses infected with Ebola at a Dallas hospital is now virus-free. Linda So reports.

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Neighbors express concern outside the Harlem apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer. He's the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York City. SOUNDBITE: DON, NEIGBHOR OF EBOLA PATIENT, SAYING: "It's kinda crazy that it hit that close to home." The 33-year-old doctor is in quarantine almost a week after returning from Guinea where he treated Ebola patients. The city's health commissioner says Spencer is awake and talking to family and friends on a cell phone. SOUNDBITE: NYC HEALTH COMMISSIONER MARY BASSETT SAYING: 12:57:45 "The patient continues to be stable at Bellevue Hospital where he remains hospitalized on the isolation unit in an intensive care unit setting." Spencer had ridden the subway, taken a cab and gone bowling in Brooklyn before showing symptoms. Authorities have retraced his steps and the mayor says New Yorkers should not worry or change their daily routines. SOUNDBITE: NYC MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, SAYING: "There is no cause for alarm. New Yorkers need to understand the situation is being handled, it's being handled well, there's no cause for everyday New Yorkers to be alarmed." The doctor's fiancee and two friends are in quarantine and being monitored daily. Meanwhile, Nina Pham, one of two nurses who contracted Ebola after treating a patient at a Dallas hospital was declared virus-free and met with President Obama at the Oval Office.

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Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:14