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to transfer him. >> and just so our viewers know, we are awaiting remarks from mayor bill de blasio. we're expecting more details on this latest patient, this doctor. doctor -- oh, there is major de blasio, taking his seat. so we will listen in, as soon as he sits down, to his response on -- the ebola response in new york to this latest patient. let's listen. >> i want to give you a briefing and i'm going to start by reiterating some of the items that we raised last night, and then will be adding information. you'll hear from my colleagues, and then we'll take questions from the media. i want to emphasize all
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questions will be on this topic. a patient at bellevue tested positive for ebola. there is no cause for alarm. new yorkers need to understand the situation is being handled and handled well. there's no cause for every day new yorkers to be alarmed. ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. it's transmitted only through direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of another individual. only through that direct contact can the disease be transmitted. it cannot be transmitted through casual contact or air-born fashion. new yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are simply not at risk. and there's no reason for new yorkers to change their daily routine in anyway.
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i want to talk to the people who are with us at in point, and every new yorker should be proud of the leaders of our city agencies who have responded with extraordinary ability. we should be very proud of the men and women who have done the work in addressing this crisis, the months before the effort put into this has paid off. the preparation was extraordinary, the leadership, time and again proved to be ahead of the crisis. and that's why we have the situation under control, because they planned for months and they have been working with extraordinarily capable new york city public employees.
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i want to thanks joe espzito. a number of our partners have been working together, and joe has been one of our lead spokes person throughout explaining what is being done here. i want to thank him for his leadership, and i want to thank the commissioner dan nigro. ems drilled for quite a while knowing they may receive a patient who had ebola. the teams were drilled. they executed exactly correctly. and i want to say to the commissioner and his whole team, i commend them for their professionalism. i want to thanks our police
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leaders who are here for their leadership and the close coordination with the nypd throughout. and i want to talk about our healthcare leaders in a moment who have been extrordanaire. i want to thank our officials in new york city -- i want to thank them for their support -- hold on one second, could we get that settled over there? i want to thank them for their efforts to inform the public to help make sure people had information when they needed it. that has been extraordinarily important to get clear and consistent information out. new york city council speaker, public advocate, controller,
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brooklyn control president. i want to thank them all for their partnership. i want to emphasize what we have here. the finist public health system anywhere in the world. it is ready for extraordinary challenges and it's proving it as we speak. we are fully prepared to handle ebola. our medical experts here have been studying this disease intensively and working closely with our federal partners, and going so far as to consult doctors in other parts of the country or on the front line, including atlanta and nebraska. the partnership with the federal and state government has been consistent and seamless, and that has been very helpful in allowing us to know every
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precaution we had to undertake. our protocols have been followed to the letter. the patient who tested positive was taken to bellevue following those protocols. from the moment the call came in, the process proceeded exactly as dictated getting the facts, receive the patient, the handoff at bellevue, as the training dictated. the patient is now being held in isolation at bellevue and poses no threat to others. the health department has a team of experts who act as detectives would in a police investigation. they retrace all of any contacts the patient has had and they have been training to do so,
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retracing all of the steps of the patient, and will have a detailed delineation later in the day. the patient's fiance being quarantined. and we are, as always, looking at each individual contact in determining whenever kwaurn tee is necessary. we know as was said last night, the patient took the subway, went to a bowling ally and a new other food establishments, before being admitted to bellevue yesterday. so we have been able to retrace those steps, our teams have visited each of those establishments. i want to emphasize again, casual contact with not lead to acquiring this disease. the only threat is if one has come in contact directly with the bodily fluids of someone who
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has this disease. before i turn to my colleagues, i want to raise one important point, because people in a moment of vieries always ask what can they do? what should they know? and i think it's important that we help new yorkers understand the crucial information their need. we have made clear all of the things that ebola is not, all of the ways it does not transmit, but that still does not mean people can't do something to help in this crisis. first, if you or a loved one, feels you may meet the qualifications -- meaning you have travelled to the three countries in west africa that are afflicted in the last 21 days, and you have a fever or other symptoms it's crucial to call 911 immediately, or go to a
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hospital emergency room. call 911, or go to a hospital emergency room. do not wait to see if you get better. do not go to a private doctor's office, call 911 or go to an emergency room, if a loved one fits that criteria call on their behalf or bring them to an emergency room. it's important that people understand that is pro toe skal. second, we have to make sure that our medical professionals can focus on this crisis properly. they don't need false reports clogging up their efforts, which leads to something that every new yorker can do which is to get a flu shot. it is very important, because when you have the flu it can
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seem like some of the same symptoms as ebola. every new yorker who gets a flu shot, not only does it help prevent flu it also helps our medical teams not to have to deal with something other than ebola. so that will really help us every new yorker goes now and gets a flu shot. i have gone over the precautions that people should take, such as a flu shot or to call 911 or the emergency room. i want to say a few words in spanish and then turn to our medical professionals. [ speaking spanish ]
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>> with that i want to turn to dr. bassett who last night did an extraordinary job explaining the steps that were being taken, but for months she has lead the efforts to prepare, and her leadership has been invaluable in making sure this city was ready to handle this crisis. >> thank you, mr. mayor. i want to begin by acknowledging this has really been a team
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effort. we have worked across numbers of agencies including our public hospital systems, the fire department which oversees the emergency medical services to ensure that everyone is coordinated in this response, and many other activities we have all worked together. we have also benefited from close collaborations with our state health department and our federal partners at the centers for disease control, and we're pleased to have our doctor who has joined us here in new york from the cdc. i have the time line that i talked with you about yesterday evening. we know that the patient continues to be stable at bellevue hospital, where he remains hospitalized in the isolation unit in an intensive
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care unit. we have some new information from the cdc. they are confirming his ebola test, that we -- so it is also positive, so he is now a confirmed ebola patient. we know the outline of this patient's whereabouts. he is a doctor, as you all know who valiantly volunteered to work in guinea, one of the countries where the ebola epidemic remains ongoing, and is the major source of ebola cases, along with liberia and sierra leone. he was working to end the epidemic at its source of truly core ageous young men. we know he returned on the 17th of october, and he came back via
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europe to jfk. we'll make public the whole time line later for you today. i have very few additional details to give you today, but they include a little bit of clarity about where he went. on the 21st of october, at the time that the patient first experienced some symptoms of fatigue, he visited the high line and meatball shop, popular restaurant. on the 22nd, the patient went running. he ran along riverside drive in his neighborhood, and visited the bowling place in williamsburg taking the a -- and l train to reach it.
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and then he reported the most common symptom, being fever. he had a temperature of 100.3. i clarified last night, the number 103 which was quoted in many outlets was incorrect. the patient never got it incorrect. it just got conveyed in the wrong way. and he at that time contacted msf in west africa. they contacted us immediately, leading to the smooth transfer of this patient by ems to bellevue hospital. we have visited the bowling ally, and after we have a person diagnosed with ebola, the next step is to unleash our medical detectives and go out and talk to the patient first, and then
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carefully verify his story as best we can. we want to find every person with whom he may have been in contact, and account for all of his time. we have visited the gutter and a verified the events and the place has been cleared by our health department for opening. we are in the process of visiting -- in fact staff are there now, the food service establishments that the mayor mentioned. and that really is the additional information that i have to give you today, in addition to the information that was given to you yesterday evening. >> thank you, doctor. i want to say that bellevue
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hospital, i think all new yorkers have a particular pride in bellevue, because of its -- extraordinary resources. i think no hospital in the world are more able to handle crisis than bellevue. and i want to thank the president of our health and hospitals corporation for his leadership. bellevue is his flagship and he runs the entire system. the staff at bellevue deserve our special appreciation for the way they are prepared and handling the situation now. doctor? >> thank you, mr. mayor, and i have been in the healthcare field over 30 years, i have never seen such unprecedented collaboration between agencies. the proof is yesterday when we
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were able to take a patient from the community to the isolation room of bellevue hospital in seamless fashion. it shows collaboration, cooperation works, practice works. now the patient is at bellevue, and i'm confident he will get the excellent care. our goals are two. one, we want to provide excellent care for our patient, and make sure to protect our employees so they take adequate precautions. i'm certain both will be achieved. and i want to thank you for the confidence you have for your public hospital system, and we are ready to take care of this patient. >> thank you, doctor. as we have said throughout, we have been in constant contact
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with the centers for disease control. we have benefited greatly from the expertise they have offered, and as new information comes in on a daily basis, cdc has shared with us constantly. and cdc officials were at bellevue yesterday. we have the executive director for infectious diseases. >> thank you mr. mayor, i flu up last evening with two senior colleagues, and we're pleased to be here. we are joined by experienced staff who have worked in africa and dallas. we are here to assist the city and health department. we are still getting caught up. we participated in a meeting this morning, and are quite impressed. we know how prepared they are,
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but quite impressed with how much has been done so far. so like i said we're here to assist. >> thank you, doctor. again, emphasizing we will take questions on this topic only. >> reporter: you said dr. spencer's temperature didn't rides until thursday morning -- >> yesterday morning. >> reporter: right. but we also know he was feeling fatigues before that. >> yes. >> reporter: before yesterday morning when was the last time the doctor took his own temperature? was it after the bowling alley? was it before? and what was the temperature? >> sure. let's remember this was a medical doctor who was actively engaged with treating patients in guinea. he last was in contact with
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patients on the 12th of october, and then began active monitoring, taking his temperature twice a day. so he was feeling well. had no fever at the time that he left guinea, which was on the 14th. he continued to feel well with his onward travel from europe to the united states where he arrived in jfk on the 17th, and continued to check his temperature daily. the first time he experienced fever was on thursday morning sometime between 10:00 and 11:00. he measured his temperature at 100.3. this is a low-grade fever. when i was an intern, 1 104 -- 100.4, was the sort of
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only -- above that we trigger the idea that somebody had a fever. so he a low-grade fever. we know the most common symptom is fever. and muscle pain, diarrhea. all of these are associated with the on set of contagiousness. >> you have been wavening a press conference out of brooklyn, new york. we got a lot of new information about dr. craig spencer. so let's go straight to our erika pitzi who is live outside bellevue hospital in manhattan. erica the patient is stable and in in -- intensive care.
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what else can you tell us? >> reporter: something else she brought up was the time line of events. a few more interesting details came out of that. on the day that he felt fatigues, which was tuesday, they are calling that a symptom of any virus, and the next day, wednesday, he was still feeling -- i'm sorry, no on tuesday where he was feeling tired he was out and about that day. he had gone to a public park in manhattan, and ate at a very popular restaurant called the meatball shop near the high line. and on wednesday he went on a run. we're now learning it was a 3-mile run along the hudson river. we're finding out more information as this press conference continues. something else we're hearing is immediately the department
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unleashed medical detectives as soon as they realized this time line of events, and where dr. spencer went. they are sending medical detectiveties to see if there are any other people who may have been exposed. and of course, working closely with the cdc that also has these disease detectives on the ground. hah we're supposed to be getting their findings later today. let me tell you something else we are hearing from the mayor. right out of the gate he said new yorkers, no cause for alarm. this has definitely been a concern for people. he was on three major subway lines to go about this city, and he was experiencing at least one system which was fatigue. so the mayor saying everything
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is going to be okay, and he actually said that new yorkers should good proud, because the rapid response was extraordinary. new york city was absolutely prepared. and this is a testament for how automatic of that drilling worked. but dr. spencer stable condition here at bellevue hospital, steph? >> all right. erika pitzi reporting outside of the hospital. i want to get to libby casey live in washington. you have some news to share. >> that's right. stephanie, speaking of trying to prove to the public, president obama is going to meet with nurse pham in the oval office. he'll see her in there with the president. she has been given a clean bill
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of health, and this will be an opportunity for the hospital to talk with her, but also to get some critical photographs, showing the american public that he is not alarmed about her condition. stephanie? >> yeah, that is pretty extraordinary because she was being treat bethesda, maryland. so she has a busy day in front of her. she is headed to the white house. why do you think the president feels it is so important to be seen with this nurse? >> well, it's just like the mayor being on the subway system. it's showing that you don't need to be afraid generally, but it's also giving president obama a moment to take control of this news story. the white house is often reluctant to pivot to the news,
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but president obama after a little bit of a slower start has been out on this issue a lot trying to talk to the american public about what the response is, what the preparation for further response is, and what people should be doing to protect themselves. >> it's interesting to see the contrast between what some would see is an overreaction among some members of congress and the new nurses that did contract ebola in the u.s., who are the only individuals who contracted it here in the united states are now both cured. because we are also hearing from emery that amber vincent, her blood tests are coming out clear. >> yeah, members of congress have been grilling folks from the obama administration asking if the cdkrrngz is doing enough
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to make sure there are established guidelines across the country, and asking about the case in new york. >> libby casey reporting from washington this morning. you have been watching special coverage of all of the ebola developments that are happening here in the u.s. that patient in new york, stable. thanks for watching.
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