The New York City doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Guinea is set to be released from the hospital Tuesday, hospital officials confirmed.
"After a rigorous course of treatment and testing, Dr. Craig Spencer – the patient admitted and diagnosed with Ebola Disease Virus at HHC Bellevue Hospital Center – has been declared free of the virus," the hospital said in written statement Monday. "Dr. Spencer poses no public health risk and will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11th."
Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center on Oct. 23 after exhibiting symptoms of the Ebola virus shortly after his return from West Africa.
Spencer is the city’s first confirmed case of the virus and had traveled to a bowling alley from his Harlem apartment, used the subway transit system and also traveled in a taxi before being admitted to the hospital. Spencer’s fiancée was monitored for the virus and eventually discharged from the hospital.
As part of his treatment, the Doctors Without Borders volunteer received donated plasma from Nancy Writebol, a fellow health care worker with the Christian organization SIM who was treated in August for the disease. She was transported to Emory Hospital in Georgia where she also recovered.
City officials will host a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss Spencer’s discharge.