NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City officials announced Wednesday that one person is being released from a quarantine that had been ordered following contact with diagnosed Ebola virus patient Dr. Craig Spencer.
The person, who had been under quarantine due to contact with Spencer, will be subject to direct active monitoring following a physician review, according to a news release from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
This means the person’s daily movements in New York City will no longer be restricted, and the person will be evaluated each day by Department of Health and Mental Hygiene staff.
The person under monitoring does not pose any public health threat and does not show any symptoms, the HHC said.
One person remained under precautionary quarantine for Ebola in New York City as of Wednesday, the department said.
Meanwhile, Spencer himself continued to show improvement at Bellevue Hospital Center, and his condition was reported as stable. He remained in isolation Wednesday and was receiving treatment.
Hospital officials have been doing everything to keep Spencer comfortable, and have given him a banjo he has been playing as well as an exercise bike.
The city also announced Wednesday that a total of 357 people were being actively monitored by the Health Department as a precaution in case of Ebola as of Wednesday. Most were travelers arriving in the city within the past 21 days from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea; while others were Bellevue staff caring for Spencer, the release said.
Also being monitored were the FDNY staff who took Spencer to the hospital and the lab workers who conducted his blood test, the release said.
None of those being monitored were showing symptoms of Ebola Wednesday.
<a href=”http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/24/health-officials-tracing-steps-of-first-nyc-ebola-patient/”Spencer, 33, was diagnosed with Ebola in New York City late last month after returning from treating patients in Guinea.
The doctor’s fiancee, Morgan Dixon, was also quarantined at Bellevue but later returned to her Hamilton Heights apartment, under quarantine.
The World Health Organization says more than 10,000 cases of Ebola have been detected worldwide. More than 4,900 people have died from the disease in West Africa.
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