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Craig Spencer tests positive for Ebola in NYC: What we know so far

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on his LinkedIn profile, cared for Ebola patients in Guinea and has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials said. He is being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local officials moved to calm Ebola fears at a press conference at Bellevue Hospital after doctor Craig Spencer, who returned from a trip to Guinea on Oct. 17, tested positive for the Ebola virus.

What we know, from city and health officials:

— Spencer went to Guinea in West Africa as part of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders to help health care efforts in the Ebola-ravaged region. He returned on Oct. 17, traveling through Kennedy Airport.

— On Thursday Oct. 23 he came down with a 100.3-degree fever and nausea and was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital by a specially trained team in protective suits.

— According to Mary Bassett, the city's health commissioner, Oct. 23 was the first day he showed any symptoms, though he did report feeling tired on Oct. 21.

— Four people he came into contact with on Oct. 22 — his girlfriend, two friends and a cab driver — are being monitored, though none are considered at risk, Bassett said.

— Spencer took the A and L subway trains to a Williamsburg bowling alley called The Gutter. Bassett said the bowling alley is closed and the CDC is sending teams  to investigate.

— He also reportedly visited the High Line park in Manhattan, went to a restaurant for dinner, and rode the 1 train and an Uber taxi.

— Spencer's apartment building has been closed, and all tenants have been told to vacate while the CDC investigates.

— Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said eight hospitals in the state are specially equipped to handle Ebola patients and Bellevue is one of them.

— Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.”

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