The Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for Ebola virus on Oct. 23 after being admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan will be released Tuesday, according to a New York Times report today.
33-year-old Dr. Craig Spencer contracted the serious virus while treating patients in Guinea for MSF.
“After a rigorous course of treatment and testing,” Ana Marengo, a spokeswoman for Bellevue, said in a statement, “Dr. Spencer poses no public health risk and will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow.”
Dr Spencer was the fourth person to be diagnosed with the disease in the US. To date, nine Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients have been treated in the US with one fatality–Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan. That brings the case fatality rate for Ebola at 11%–much lower than what is being seen in West Africa.
The NYT reports Spencer was given a range of treatments, including an experimental drug and blood plasma donated by a recovered Ebola patient, Nancy Writebol, a 59-year-old missionary who contracted the virus in Liberia.