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Last US Ebola Patient Free of the Disease

Craig Spencer will be released from NYC hospital tomorrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 10, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Last US Ebola Patient Free of the Disease
In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo at Bellevue Hospital, a nurse and a hospital director wear protective suits in an isolation room in the Emergency section, in New York, NY.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

An emergency room doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital tomorrow, health officials say—which means "there is no more Ebola in the United States," New York reports. Craig Spencer "has been declared free of the virus," the city Department of Health said today in a statement. The doctor tested positive for the virus Oct. 23, just days after returning from treating patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders. The 33-year-old has been treated in a specially designed isolation unit at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola treatment center. His condition was upgraded from serious to stable last week and he was feeling well enough to request an exercise bike and a banjo.

His fiancee and two friends were initially quarantined but were released and are being actively monitored along with hundreds of others. Spencer is expected to issue a statement but not take questions when he's released from the hospital. News of Spencer's infection set many New Yorkers on edge, particularly after details emerged that he rode the subway, dined in a meatball restaurant, and visited a bowling alley in the days before he tested positive. There are no known US Ebola cases left, NBC News reports; only two were infected in America, and the 21-day monitoring period for people who came in contact with Spencer will end Thursday. (More Ebola stories.)

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