Tests Thursday evening at Bellevue Hospital came back positive for Dr. Craig Spencer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.
De Blasio urged New Yorkers not to panic, and reemphasized that Ebola is only transmitted through bodily fluids.
“We want to state at the outset – there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” de Blasio said.
EMS crews picked up Spencer just after noon Thursday. He was rushed from a building on West 147th Street in Hamilton Heights where he lived.
Spencer, who is a 33-year-old physician and works with Doctors Without Borders, came back a week ago from Guinea, where he is believed to have been treating Ebola patients.
At the news conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said officials believe Spencer came in contact with four people during the time he was infected and symptomatic, and state officials are already talking to those four people.
Those four people include Spencer’s fiancée and two friends – all of whom are healthy, but have still been quarantined, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said.
The fourth person is who is in contact with the state is the driver of an Uber car, which Spencer took when he bowling Wednesday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Bassett said. The Uber driver had no direct contact with Spencer, and is not believed to be in any danger, she said.
Uber issued a statement indicating that it also contacted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Department, which said the driver and subsequent passengers were not at risk.
Cuomo emphasized that the state of New York has “a full coordinated effort that has been working night and day, coordinating city, state and federal resources.”
“People come through New York, they come through New York’s airports, so we can’t say this is an unexpected circumstance,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo also emphasized that New York state and city are well-prepared for the threat of Ebola, unlike Dallas – where Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with the virus in the U.S. and later died.
“We are as ready as one could be for this circumstance. What happened in Dallas was exactly the opposite,” Cuomo said.
“The more facts you know, the less frightening this situation is,” Cuomo added, stressing the only way to contract the disease is to come into direct contact with infected bodily fluids.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said all processes so far have gone well in treating Spencer.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14, and returned to the U.S. three days later. He went through mandatory Ebola screening processes upon arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.
Spencer was well and asymptomatic until Thursday, but started feeling “tired” on Tuesday, Bassett said.
Bassett went on a three-mile jog earlier in the day before being hospitalized. And on Wednesday, he also went to the High Line and may have stopped at a restaurant on Wednesday, Bassett said.
has used the subway system, Bassett said. He has ridden on the A Train, the No. 1 Train and the L Train.
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also cnn confirms as well