Doctor Craig Spencer tested positive for the Ebola virus at Bellevue Hospital in New York City Thursday and set off a Twitter firestorm. Some wondered whether Ebola could be spread on the subway while others blamed the doctor for bringing the deadly virus into NYC.
President Barack Obama and the government caught the brunt of the blame from some netizens upset to hear about Spencer’s diagnosis.
— I Choose Good (@Fl504) October 24, 2014
It's a real shame the president couldn't take time out of his busy schedule to address the confirmed case of #Ebola in NYC
— Meag Malinowski (@MeagMalinowski) October 24, 2014
A few people pointed out that the Ebola infection seems scarier now that it has arrived in a metropolitan area like NYC.
That's so scary ebola in NYC things would spread so fast
— king of the fall (@itsjustinsrp) October 24, 2014
Some noted it might be time to flee the coast now that the infection landed close to home.
A Dr has Ebola in NYC not far from my apartment. Time to fly out to California for the @BreedersCup.
— Bradley Weisbord (@BradWeisbord) October 24, 2014
Others were afraid to go to the same places Spencer had been.
Damn Ebola in NYC and the dude who has it been using public transportation...
— Chris Boyd (@cboyd_80) October 24, 2014
The guy who has Ebola in NYC went bowling last night. BURN THAT BOWLING ALLEY DOWN.
— Melissa Stetten (@MelissaStetten) October 24, 2014
So the guy with Ebola in NYC rode the subway. RIP Humans
— Dylan Panzarella (@dylanpanzarella) October 24, 2014
It should be noted, however, that Ebola cannot be caught by someone who is infected if they are not symptomatic. Spencer, 33, reportedly went to the hospital when he experienced a fever and gastrointestinal issues Thursday morning.
If anyone is at risk after coming into contact with Spencer, they will be notified. “As a further precaution, beginning today, the Health Department’s team of disease detectives immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” according to a statement from the NYC Health Department released Thursday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dispatched an Ebola response team to New York City to help Bellevue properly and safely take care of Spencer and protect the staff.
After treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, two of his nurses -- Nina Pham and Amber Vinson -- contracted the virus. The CDC has since taken the blame and created the response team to prevent it from happening again with another Ebola patient.
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