Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer enters 'next phase' of illness despite treatment with experimental drug Brincidofovir

Dr. Craig Spencer 'entered the next phase of his illness' and was suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, officials revealed Saturday night. Spencer's fiancée Morgan Dixon also returned to their Manhattan apartment for quarantine the same evening.

 
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 3:25 PM
 
Updated: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:19 PM
Dr. Craig Spencer was helping to fight Ebola in West Africa when he became infected with the virus.
Dr. Craig Spencer was helping to fight Ebola in West Africa when he became infected with the virus.
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The Ebola-stricken New York doctor’s condition worsened Saturday as health officials confirmed he was being treated with an experimental drug.
Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, “entered the next phase of his illness” and was suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, officials revealed Saturday night — as NBC News reported that Spencer had also been given a plasma transfusion from Nancy Writebol, an aid worker who contracted the disease in Africa and has since been cured.
But the brave doctor, two days after testing positive for Ebola, was still “awake and communicating,” health officials said.
And he clearly hadn’t lost his sense of humor.
In an interview with The New York Times, Spencer said he had received “about 200 calls from reporters and 300 emails” but couldn’t take them all because he was a bit preoccupied.
“When you have Ebola, not the best way to spend your time,” he quipped, adding, “I am feeling well.”