The following in an excerpt from a New York Times article this morning announcing that a Doctor in New York City has been diagnosed with Ebola, the first case in NYC.
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.
The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.
At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.
Sarah O’leary, Exhale Healthcare Advocates CEO’s Response:
In the comments section, here is what Sarah had to say:
“There’s such a fine line between compassionate healthcare providers who risk their own lives for service and our nation’s public safety. We need to look long and hard at the risks of Ebola exposure, and how those in contact with the deadly infection are allowed to interact with the public. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman was vilified for leaving her quarantine, yet others who had much closer “hands on” exposure (actually caring for patients) are left to self monitor without quarantine. The CDC needs to get their protocol house in order.”
Sarah’s Comment earned New York Times Pick!
Who knew this topic would garner 920 comments at the time of this post or that Sarah’s comment would be only one of 13 awarded the Network York Times Pick while at the same time, receiving 250 thumbs up.
It seems that this article, and Sarah’s response have struck a cord.