Last US Ebola Patient Released From NYC Hospital

Dr. Craig Spencer released from New York's Bellevue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Last US Ebola Patient Released From NYC Hospital
This Oct. 24, 2014, file photo shows health alerts for travelers to particular West African countries posted at the main lobby entrance of Bellevue Hospital in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city has been released from a New York City hospital and thanked the medical workers who treated him. Dr. Craig Spencer was released from Bellevue Hospital today at a joyous news conference where medical team members were cheering and hooting. Spencer's release comes 19 days after he was diagnosed with the virus.

He says he's a living example for how medical protocols can work to stop disease from spreading. He also says the public should remain focused on the source of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The physician had been working with Doctors Without Borders. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife both hugged the 33-year-old doctor. His recovery means there are no more Ebola patients in the US. (Read more Craig Spencer stories.)

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