NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Health officials say Craig Spencer, a New York City doctor being treated for Ebola, is awake and communicating as he moves into the next expected stage of the illness
The city’s health commissioner says the doctor is in stable condition and is being treated with anti-viral medication and a plan is in place to administer plasma.
Spencer was admitted to Bellevue on Thursday and tested positive for Ebola. He remains in stable condition.
His is the first case of the deadly virus in the city.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Mayor de Blasio said Saturday afternoon they’ve seen how the virus runs its course on previous patients and spoke about what the coming days have in store for Spencer.
“The phase ahead will be a tough one. By definition, the days ahead will be tough for Dr. Spencer,” de Blasio said, after eating lunch at a Greenwich Village restaurant where Spencer ate earlier this week.
“His situation will become worse before it gets better,” he added.