A New York City doctor, order 33-year old Craig Spencer has been tested positive for Ebola after returning from work in West Africa and on his return home he was taken home by a car summoned through Uber Technologies’ smartphone application.
The doctor, online who worked for an aid agency on the African continent, is currently held and treated in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital Center in midtown Manhattan. Both the Center for Disease Control and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reassured Uber, the driver and his subsequent passengers that there are no risks involved for them. Uber was “able to confirm that one of our driver partners in New York provided a ride to the patient yesterday evening,” according to a statement on the San Francisco-based company’s blog.
Spencer had worked in Guinea with the Doctors Without Borders, the aid organization that tries to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He returned to New York this month, where he is a fellow in international emergency medicine at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital.
According to New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, Spencer’s fiancee, two friends and the Uber car service driver that chauffeured him were the persons he came in contact before taken to hospital in a special ambulance on October 23 – after he developed relevant fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.