CUMC Doctor Diagnosed With Ebola

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Earlier tonight it was announced that CUMC physician Craig Spencer was officially diagnosed with Ebola, making him the first patient with Ebola in New York. Although De Blasio earlier told us all to calm down because they’ve got it handled, PrezBo also sent out an email to the Columbia community tonight addressing the issue. PrezBo confirmed that Spencer is currently being treated at the Bellevue Hospital. He also reminds us that the threat of contracting Ebola here at Columbia is very low, but you’re welcome to contact Health Services for answers to any of your paranoid questions.

Read PrezBo’s full email here:

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

As you may have seen in the media, Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.  Dr. Spencer, an emergency department physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, recently returned from a humanitarian mission with Doctors Without Borders to one of the outbreak areas in Western Africa.  We admire and appreciate all of those willing to do this vital and selfless public health work around the globe.

It’s critical to bear in mind what our public health and infectious disease experts have emphasized – that the risk to people in New York City and at Columbia remains extremely low.  If you or anyone has any concerns, please visit the University’s Ebola Preparedness site or the New York City Department of Health Ebola update page.  You may also contact Student Health Services at 212-854-2284 or Workforce Health and Safety for Faculty/Staff with Hospital Responsibilities at 212-305-7590.

We must keep Dr. Spencer in our thoughts and wish him a full and speedy recovery, as we do the vulnerable populations he serves.  We will also continue to keep the Columbia community informed as we learn more from City, State, and Federal health officials.

Lee C. Bollinger

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  1. Anonamoose

    What I'm actually alarmed about is that Bwog described Bellvue as a few stops away on the subway.

  2. dear bwog  

    stop trying to a real news source.

    • Anonymous  

      No, no. This is just a release, and it's a good move to get the word out ahead of any panicky rumors.

      Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go panic.

      (If it were "real news source" stuff, I presume they'd use President Bollinger's full name. I mean, otherwise I'd expect "PrezBo says 'ohz the humanity!' as big ol' balloon explodes near Butler" level stuff )

  3. ks  

    This means we should all avoid pre med students at all costs in case they work at the CUMC right?

  4. sad alum

    i guess life post-columbia isn't *all* bad

  5. Anonymous

    I need feminism because ebola.

  6. Darwinist

    Here's to thinning the herd. Less people to mess up the curve.

    • Dickensist  

      ``Man,'' said the Ghost, ``if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is.

      Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child. Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!''

    • Dickensist  

      Incidetally, Social Darwinism has nothing to do with what Darwin posited. At all.

  7. Prayers and Thoughts for Dr. Spencer  

    I hope Dr. Spencer recovers quickly. He exemplifies the best in the medical profession.

    • This. Absolutely this.  

      It'll be easy to get caught up in the usual Internet forum nonsense, but please keep Dr. Spencer, a medical profesional who put himself in harm's way for others' benefit, in mind.

  8. President Obola  

    It's absolutely time to panic. The crisis is coming. The CDC is lying about the extent to which ebola is penetrating the world around us.

  9. Reasonable

    The media is blowing ebola of proportion. Fine. Honestly though, I don't think that a mandatory 21 day holding period is much to ask after working directly with patients. Just saying, it's a pretty small sacrifice to make compared with volunteering to help in the first place.

  10. ok but


  11. Open Question...  

    It's been a little while. Out of curiosity, what have people's conversations with their families been like, about this? (if any.)

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