Who Is Craig Spencer? The New York Ebola Patient Is A Doctor At New York Presbyterian

On Thursday, authorities announced that New York-based doctor Craig Spencer, 33, had tested positive for the Ebola virus. Spencer had recently returned from Guinea, West Africa, where he'd been treating Ebola patients with the organization Doctors Without Borders. He was rushed to New York's uptown Bellevue Hospital after reporting a high temperature to Doctor Without Borders earlier Thursday. Earlier on Wednesday, he'd traveled from his home in Harlem to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to a bowling alley, The New York Times reported.

On Sept. 8, Spencer posted the following to his Facebook page, the New York Post reported:

On Oct. 17, Spencer returned from Guinea to New York's JFK airport. The virus usually takes eight to 10 days to become symptomatic, and is only contagious once symptoms begin. It is only spread by coming into direct contact with a victim's bodily fluids.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Spencer is a fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital and an instructor at Columbia University in New York. In a statement, New York Presbyterian said:

Images: Facebook/Craig Spencer, LinkedIn/Craig Spencer