New York City's first Ebola patient is free of the virus and going on home this week, city hospital officials confirmed Monday.
"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," New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) said in a statement on Monday.
Spencer, 33, had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. He returned home to New York on Oct. 17.
After returning from Africa, where he treated Ebola patients, Spencer was checked into Bellevue on Oct. 23, when he started running a fever, one of the first symptoms of the disease.
Spencer's treatment included an experimental plasma transfusion from Nancy Writebol, an aid worker who contracted Ebola in Africa and survived.
"Dr. Spencer poses no public health risk and will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11th," HHC said.
Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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