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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dr. Craig Spencer (Facebook)A Manhattan doctor who returned seven days ago from treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus Thursday, marking the first case of the deadly disease in New York.Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was taken directly to an isolation unit, after reporting symptoms of fatigue and a fever with a temperature of 103 degrees. New York City health officials said they quarantined his fiance, two friends and an Uber taxi cab driver who drove him home Wednesday from The Gutter, a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which has since closed as a precaution.“We were hoping that it didn’t happen, but we were realistic; this is New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a news conference Thursday night. “Our best information is that for the relevant period of time, he was only exposed to a very few people partially because he knew what the illness was all about and he was taking precautions.”The case is the fourth confirmed in the United States since a Liberian man became the first in Dallas before he died of Ebola on Oct. 8. He infected two nurses who treated him, one of whom has since recovered. The other, Nina Pham, is being treated in a special isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.Those three prior cases come amid the largest Ebola outbreak in world history that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where Spencer had volunteered for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders, which has been working to stem the crisis.Spencer was taken to Bellevue by specially trained first responders in Haz-Mat suits, like the thousands—including many on Long Island—that have been training for just such a case.Related: North Shore LIJ to Build Biocontainment Unit for Infectious DiseasesBesides the four Spencer contacts in quarantine, disease detectives are working to track down anyone else who may have come in contact with the doctor—a task that could prove difficult since he rode the A, 1 and L subway trains. But, health official cautioned that it is “extremely unlikely” that there is a risk of contracting Ebola from riding the same subway as Spencer because he was not sick enough to be contagious at the time he took the trains.The jetliner on which Spencer arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 was reportedly taken out of service for cleaning as a precaution. His apartment has been isolated as well.Although it claims the lives of half those who contract it, officials urged New Yorkers not to panic, reiterating repeatedly at the news conference that the only way to contract the virus is through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected Ebola patient, not casual contact. Ebola is not airborne, officials repeated.“Being on the same subway car…does not in itself put someone at risk,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed. Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract.” The case was confirmed just as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced it began 21-day monitoring of hundreds of daily air travelers who arrive in the nation from the four Ebola-stricken countries. Some are calling for anyone who arrives from those countries to be quarantined for that time. That rhetoric was particularly rampant, given the New York case was confirmed in the height of campaign season.“JFK must be shut now to passengers originating from Ebola designated nations,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican gubernatorial challenger trying to unseat Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent. “This was avoidable.”The governor, who last week designated eight of the about 200 hospitals statewide as Ebola treatment centers, noted that three of the four Ebola patients in America so far have all been medical professionals who had been in direct contact with the disease.“I know it’s a frightening situation,” Cuomo said. “But, the more facts you know, the less frightening this situation is.”last_img read more


first_imgGhanaian player Daniel Opare was a happy man on Thursday night as he had an Europa League debut with Besiktas to remember.The Ghanaian played in the entire duration of the Europa League second leg game against Liverpool as the Turkish club dumped the English Premier League side from the competition.Besiktas qualified to the last 16 of the competition winning on a penalty shoot-outs after playing a 1-1 draw on aggregate.Black Star player Mubarak Wakaso continue to struggle to find a place in the starting line-up for his Scottish club Celtic after missing another chance of showing what he is made of the UEFA Europa League.Wakaso’s Celtic boss has predicted a positional change might get the Ghana international some playing time but that was not meant to be when Celtic travelled to Italy to play Inter Milan in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League tie.Mubarak Wakaso missed the six-goal thriller first leg which ended in both teams sharing the goals three each on Celtic soil. Once again on Thursday night, the Ghanaian player who was impressive in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was nowhere to be found near the Celtic playing team as the Scottish club were eliminated from the Europa League.Inter Milan made their home advantage count in the game as Fredy Guarin scored the only goal to give the Italian side a 4-3 win on aggregate.Christian Atsu missed the Europa League home game for his Everton side after his man of the match display over the weekend.The Ghana international did not play a part in the second leg game against Samuel Afum’s Young Boys after he was ruled out with illness.Everton won 3-1 at the Goodison Park to take the aggregate score line to 7-2 against Young Boys. Samuel Afum was introduced into the game in the 76 minute replacing Yuya Kubo.Ghanaian player Frank Acheampong and his Anderlecht side were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night after their visit to Russia proved a hard task.Belgium club Anderlecht travelled to play Russian side Dinamo Moscow in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League game after a goalles draw in the first leg of the round of 32 tie.Dinamo Moscow came from behind to win on soil to book their place in the last 16 of the competition.Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the opener for away side Anderlecht to send the Belgium club leading 1-0 going into the interval. Alexey Kozlov scored the leveler before Artur Yusupov made it 2-1 after Alexander Kokorin had missed a penalty.Kevin Kuranyi scored the last on the night to give home side Dinamo Moscow a 3-1 win over their match day opponents.Frank Acheampong played in the entire duration of the defeat for  Anderlecht.Abdul Majeed Waris did not play a part in any of the Europa League round of 32 games as his Trabzonspor side rounded off a humiliating aggregate score line against Italian side Napoli.Trabzonspor lost by a single goal to nil away from home in the second leg to send the aggregate score line to a whopping 5-0 defeat. Ghanaian player Elvis Manu was on the score sheet for Feyernoord but his goal was not enough as the home side on the night lost the game to make an exit from the UEFA Europa League.Manu equalized for Feyernoord after Adem Ljajic had put away side Roma ahead but Gervinho restored Roma’s lead .to hand Feyrnoord a 2-1 defeat.Elvis Manu was introduced into the game in the 54th minute. Roma qualified to the next round of the competition on a 3-2 aggregate score line.–last_img read more

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