New Yorkers 'Pretty Chill' About City's First Ebola Case

A police officer guards the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New York, the morning after it was confirmed that Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, who recently returned to New York from West Africa tested positive for Ebola. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama at the White House this afternoon, after being declared Ebola free. She was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and was successfully treated at the clinical research center of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

That good news has been overshadowed by the latest from New York City, that Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus last night, after coming down with a fever. Dr. Spencer was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients in Guinea, and just returned to New York a week ago. He’s being treated at Bellvue Hospital in Manhattan.

Brian Lehrer, who hosts the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss how New York City is handling the Ebola case, and how residents are reacting.


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