A New York doctor who recently returned from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa has tested positive for the disease, BBC reports.
Dr Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), came down with a fever on Thursday, days after his return, officials say.
He is the first Ebola case diagnosed in New York, and the fourth in the US.
The Uber driver who drove this Ebola-infected man on Wednesday night in New York is not at risk of contracting the disease, and neither is anyone who rode in his car afterwards, according to Uber.
Uber said Thursday on its company blog that it had been told by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) that neither the driver or subsequent passengers were at risk of catching the disease.
Neither the CDC or the NYC DOHMH immediately responded to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Here’s the full statement from Uber:
We reviewed our records and were able to confirm that one of our driver partners in New York provided a ride to the patient yesterday evening. We immediately contacted the CDC and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), which stated that neither our driver partner nor any of his subsequent passengers are at risk. We have communicated this to the driver, and the NYC DOHMH medical team met with the driver in person, assuring him that he is not at risk. Our thoughts are with the patient and his loved ones.
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