One person, who has been under a quarantine following contact with New York City Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer, is being released from isolation, city health officials announced Wednesday. The person will be released following an additional physician review and will be subject to direct active monitoring, according to a news release from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
“The individual poses no public health threat and is showing no symptoms,” the press release stated, adding that the individual’s daily movements will no longer be restricted in New York City and the person will be assessed twice a day by Health Department staff.
One New Yorker remains in isolation and is still being treated for Ebola at HHC Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. He continues to show improvement and his condition is stable, according to the press release.
Spencer’s condition was upgraded over the weekend to stable from serious but stable, according to city health officials. Spencer, a New York physician, is the first and only confirmed Ebola patient in New York and has been responding well to treatment since his admission to Bellevue Hospital Center thirteen days ago. Spencer is said to be receiving the same treatment that has proven effective in treating Ebola patients at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital and Omaha’s Nebraska Medical Center, the Associated Press reported earlier this week. Spencer became infected with the disease while treating patients in Guinea.
In New York City, 357 individuals are currently being monitored by Health Department officials, the vast majority of which are travelers arriving in the city within the past 21 days from the three Ebola-affected countries. None have showed any symptoms of the deadly disease, according to the press release.