NYC Doctor Confirmed Positive For Ebola; Contact With Girlfriend (Quarantine) & 3 Others; "Unlikely" Contagious On Subway

UPDATE:

  • *PATIENT IN NYC TESTS POSITIVE FOR EBOLA, NEW YORK TIMES SAYS
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT GIRLFRIEND QUARANTINED: CNN
  • *S&P 500, NASDAQ 100 FUTURES EXTEND DECLINES ON EBOLA REPORT
  • *TREASURIES ADVANCE AS NYC EBOLA REPORT SPURS DEMAND FOR SAFETY

 

 

Press Conference Live Feed (via NYC Live)

Headlines from the press conference:

De Blasio:

  • *TESTING CONFIRMS PATIENT IS POSITIVE FOR EBOLA: DE BLASIO
  • *NYC HAS PREPARED FOR MONTHS FOR THREAT FROM EBOLA: DE BLASIO
  •  *BELLEVUE HOSPITAL IN NYC IS A DESIGNATED EBOLA CENTER
  • *EVERY HOSPITAL IN NYC PREPARED FOR PATIENTS: DE BLASIO

Cuomo: "There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed"

  • *NYC HAD BENEFIT OF LEARNING FROM DALLAS: CUOMO
  • *EBOLA PATIENT HAD WORKED WITH DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: CUOMO
  • *NEW YORK `FULLY COORDINATED WITH AGENCIES, U.S. GOV.: CUOMO
  • *HAVE IDENTIFIED 4 PEOPLE IN CONTACT WITH EBOLA PATIENT: CUOMO
  • *HEALTH OFFICIALS IN CONTACT WITH THOSE IDENTIFIED: CUOMO

Mary Basset - NYC Health Commissioner

  • *HOSPITAL EBOLA TEST TO BE CONFIRMED BY CDC WITHIN 24 HRS
  • *EBOLA PATIENT RETURNED TO NYC FROM GUINEA THIS MONTH: BASSETT
  • *EBOLA PATIENT HAD SYMPTOMS BEGIN EARLIER TODAY: BASSETT
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT LEFT GUINEA ON OCT. 14: BASSETT
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT HAD FIRST FEVER SYMPTOM TODAY: BASSETT
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT WENT ON 3-MILE JOG: BASSETT
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT WENT TO BOWLING ALLEY YESTERDAY: BASSETT
  • *EBOLA PATIENT USED SUBWAYS, WENT TO BOWLING ALLEY: BASSETT
  • *EBOLA PATIENT HAD CONTACT WITH GIRLFRIEND, 2 FRIENDS: BASSETT
  • *TRANSPORTATION DRIVER NOT THOUGHT TO BE AT RISE: BASSETT
  • *UBER DRIVER IN CONTACT W/ PATIENT CONSIDERED NOT AT RISK

Zucker - Acting health commissioner:

  • *EBOLA PATIENT BROUGHT TO HOSPITAL WITH PROTECTIVE GEAR
  • *EBOLA PATIENT IN SPECIAL ISOLATION UNIT AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
  • *ZUCKER SAYS WE LOOK FWD TO QUICK RECOVERY FOR EBOLA PATIENT

CDC Frieden:

  • *BELLEVUE HOSPITAL HAS BEEN `DRILLING' FOR EBOLA PATIENTS: CDC
  • *CDC SENDING EBOLA RESPONSE TEAM TO BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT RETURNED THROUGH JFK AIRPORT OCT. 17: CDC

Q&A:

  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT WAS AT GUTTER BOWLING ALLEY YESTERDAY:BASSETT 
  • *BOWLING ALLEY VISITED BY PATIENT IS CLOSED, TO BE INSPECTED
  • *ONE OF OTHER PATIENT CONTACTS IS IN HOSPITAL NOW: BASSETT
  • *BELLEVUE HEALTH WORKERS USING FULL PROTECTIVE GEAR: BASSETT
  • *PATIENT APARTMENT IS ISOLATED, BLOCKED TO VISITORS: BASSETT
  • *PATIENT'S NEIGHBORS AREN'T UNDER QUARANTINE: BASSETT
  • *PATIENT, A DOCTOR, DID ATTEMPT TO `SELF-ISOLATE': BASSETT
  • *EBOLA PATIENT LIMITED CONTACT WITH FRIENDS, OTHERS: BASSETT
  • *EBOLA CONTAGIOUSNESS RELATED TO HOW SICK YOU ARE: ZUCKER
  • *EBOLA `A DIFFICULT DISEASE TO CONTRACT': DE BLASIO
  • *NYC EBOLA PATIENT TOOK `A' TRAIN, `L' TRAIN YESTERDAY: BASSETT
  • *`EXTREMELY UNLIKELY' PATIENT SPREAD EBOLA ON SUBWAY: BASSETT
  • *ZUCKER SAYS HE'D RIDE NYC SUBWAY TOMORROW
  • *ALL CONTACTS WITH EBOLA PATIENT `ARE WELL,' NOT BEING TESTED
  • *CONTACTS WITH EBOLA PATIENT WON'T BE TESTED UNTIL INDICATIONS

The market's reaction...

 

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Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Ebola-in-America was fixed (one day into Ron Klain's tenure as Ebola Czar), NYPost reports some rather disquieting news. A New York City doctor - who returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea 10 days ago - has been rushed under police escort to Bellevue Hospital... He is being tested for Ebola. Market liquidity has dried up instantly!

  • *PATIENT BEING TESTED AT BELLEVUE FOR POSSIBLE EBOLA, NYC SAYS
  • *NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE STATEMENT SOON, SPOKESMAN SAYS
  • *NYC: PATIENT WITH FEVER, GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS AT BELLEVUE
  • *NYC SAYS PATIENT EBOLA TEST RESULTS EXPECTED WITHIN 12 HOURS
  • *NYC TRACING ALL OF PATIENT'S CONTACTS
  • *NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALSO WORKING CLOSELY WITH HHC

Update #2:

  • POSSIBLE NYC EBOLA PATIENT DID NOT SELF-QUARANTINE: CNN
  • POSSIBLE NYC EBOLA PATIENT TOOK UBER TO BOWLING ALLEY YDAY: CNN

 

As The Daily Mail reports,

Dr Craig Spencer, 33, who returned to the U.S. ten days ago from Guinea, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in midtown Manhattan on Thursday and is being cared for in isolation.

 

The doctor flew to Africa on September 18 to treat patients in Guinea with non-profit organization, Medecins San Frontieres (MSF). 

 

The medic works at Columbia University Medical Center and originally comes from Detroit, Michigan.

 

Investigators were taking the case seriously because it is not believed that the doctor self-quarantined on his return from Guinea, CNN reported.

 

On September 18, Dr Spencer tweeted a picture of himself wearing a full yellow hazmat suit and face mask with the message: 'Off to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Please support organizations that are sending support or personnel to West Africa, and help combat one of the worst public health and humanitarian disasters in recent history.'

 

 

On October 16, he checked in at a hotel in Brussels, Belgium, presumably on his return journey from Guinea to the U.S.

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Full Statement on Patient at Bellevue Hospital

Today, EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred to Bellevue Hospital a patient who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.

 

The patient is a health care worker who returned to the U.S. within the past 21 days from one of the three countries currently facing the outbreak of this virus.

 

The patient was transported by a specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, DOHMH has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work. DOHMH and HHC are also evaluating the patient for other causes of illness, as these symptoms can also be consistent with salmonella, malaria, or the stomach flu.

 

Preliminary test results are expected in the next 12 hours.

 

Bellevue Hospital is designated for the isolation, identification and treatment of potential Ebola patients by the City and State.  New York City is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all New Yorkers.

 

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. The Health Department staff has established protocols to identify, notify, and, if necessary, quarantine any contacts of Ebola cases.

 

The Health Department is also working closely with HHC leadership, Bellevue’s clinical team and the New York State Department of Health to ensure that all staff caring for the patient do so while following the utmost safety guidelines and protocols.

 

Bellevue and the New York State Department of Health to ensure that all staff caring for the patient do so while following the utmost safety guidelines and protocols.

 

The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola are extremely slim. Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. You cannot be infected simply by being near someone who has Ebola.

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As NY Post reports,

A doctor who returned to New York City from Africa 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with a police escort from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.

 

He was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms — a 103-degree fever and nausea, sources said.

 

While he was in Africa, the doctor had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea, sources said.

 

He’s undergoing testing at Bellevue to see if he has the deadly virus, sources said.

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NBC reports that...

He was transported from a building on 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue to Bellevue, law enforcement source said.

 


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USDJPY was first to move then stocks...

 

and VIX was well bid...

 

...and S&P futures liquidty disappeared...

And then another exchange Breaks...

  • *BATS OPTIONS HAS DECLARED SELF-HELP AGAINST ISE GEMINI