New York doctor tests positive for Ebola, Filipino health workers alarmed

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 24, 2014

NEW YORK – A New York doctor who was recently in West Africa treating Ebola patients tested positive for the deadly virus Thursday.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, the first person to test positive for Ebola in New York City, is now in contact isolation at the Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

Spencer recently came back from Guinea, West Africa, working with “Doctors Without Borders” to treat Ebola patients.

He developed a 100.3 degree fever and was taken to a hospital where he tested positive for Ebola.

“When he saw that he had a fever and he believed he was symptomatic, he presented himself to the hospital,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York. “A team went out with protective gear. He was picked up, brought to a pre-prepared isolation unit, so it couldn’t have proceeded better.”

“We’ve been preparing for months for the threat posed by Ebola,” said New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, “with clear and strong protocols that have been followed and were followed in this instance, and Bellevue hospital is especially designed for isolation, identification and treatment of Ebola patients.”

Some of the estimated 80 percent Filipino health care staff working at the Bellevue Hospital have mixed feelings about their newest patient.

“Medyo ninerbiyos ako,” said Gilbert Palisoc, a medical surgical technician at the hospital, “kasi kaya ako ninerbiyos, kasi delikadong kuwan yan sakit yan, isolation mas matindi kaysa AIDS or SARS before.”

“Yung pangangamba laging nandun yan, pero ano lang yan,” said Joy Montaya, an assistant nurse. “Dapat sa trabaho focus ka, and you just follow yung rules nila.”

“It’s not easy to say na huwag ka magpanic, because even me, I panic, I’m afraid, I have fear,” said Fidela Ogabon, a registered nurse. “We just have to listen to the current events, what’s going with the Ebola, how to deal with it – at least it will probably reduce your fear.”

City officials say the Ebola situation is under control and the odds of a regular New Yorker catching the deadly virus are incredibly slim. That’s why the mayor is reassuring New Yorkers that there is no reason to panic or be alarmed.

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  • Mario
    24 October 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Ebola,the nurse killer, Government said it is hard to catch,you Democrats/socialist are always lying, if it is hard to catch, how did this good Doctor, well protected got it. Someone sneezes thousand invisible droplets on top of the chairs, floors, table, etc and you touch it, is that airborne?.NY Mayor said it can not be spread casually,how did the Doctor got it.NYPD escorted the cleaners to sanitized his apartment, they wear bio hazard suit, after they finished their job, they just throw their gloves on the public trash can, CDC its your fault, Policeman were not train for that., your protocol will be ready on Monday,what took you so long…

  • Delia
    25 October 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    WE got Obama Obola granting Visa’s to people from Ebola regions, as well as Visa’s to people from Tuberculosis infected regions such as Haiti, without a hitch. I want President Obola to kiss every single passenger on the mouth, who exists the airport returning from Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as Haiti.

    • wil
      25 October 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      @Delia … How stupid you must be when it comes to visa(s). The President don’t grant visa(s), The State Department and the United States Citizenship Immigration Service (USCIS) grants them. The people who came back to the United States all were citizens of the United States. The two nurses contracted Ebola because the hospital which they worked for did not follow established protocol. The man which died was sent home by that hospital, despite the fact that he had told them that he had just got back from West Africa, they gave him some aspirin and anti-biotic, then sent him home. We have measles, whopping cough and polio (all of which has killed more people than Ebola in this country) should we bad them people too? We have Americans refusing to inoculate their children against said diseases, out of a misguided fear it may make their children sick or retarded. What should we do to the parents? Put them in jail? Take their children?

  • Delia
    25 October 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Ahhh the libturd knows S!!!! t came back with his Argumentum ad Hominem added to obtuse.

  • Juan
    25 October 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Magagaling ang mga Pinoy sa Bellevue Hospital, halos lahat “Call & Sick” may sakit daw sila,palosot agad,takot matatamaan nang Ebola…Yaan ang tunay na Pinoy. Panay panood sa TFC kaya magaling mag-drama