|MSF Ebola Doctor Craig Spencer.|
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said 'Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms' and insisted Dr Spencer had followed Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) protocols since his return from Africa.
MSF told MailOnline contrary to reports they are not considering a mandatory quarantine for healthcare workers returning from West Africa even though, since March, three MSF international staff members have been infected with deadly Ebola.
New York's Ebola-stricken doctor was told by the charity that he worked for that he did not have to self-quarantine after returning from an Ebola-ravaged country. Dr Craig Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 from Ebola 'hot zone' Guinea where he was treating patients with non-profit group, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
MSF Doctor Brought Ebola Back To New York City
Today MSF still insisted that 'self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms' and released a statement saying Dr Spencer had followed the MSF protocols and guidelines since returning from West Africa.
A spokesperson told MailOnline that contrary to reports they are not considering mandatory quarantine for healthcare workers returning from West Africa. Their guidelines state that staff members returning from Ebola assignment must self-monitor their health for 21 days to cover the incubation period of the virus.
|Ebola Doctor's Harlem Apartment Block.|
After news broke that Dr Spencer was infected they issued a statement saying: 'Our colleague in New York followed the MSF protocols and guidelines since returning from West Africa.
Today Doctors Without Borders still insisted: 'Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms'. Dr Spencer was taken in an ambulance by a hazmat crew from his home in Harlem on Thursday morning with 100.3F fever, diarrhea, nausea, pain and fatigue.
At the immediate detection of fever on the morning of October 23, 2014, he swiftly notified the MSF office in New York.
Upon returning to the United States, each MSF staff member goes through a thorough debriefing process, during which they are informed of our guidelines. The guidelines include the following instructions:
1. Check temperature two times per day
These guidelines are consistent with those provided by the extremely-laxed CDC to people returning from one of the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. MSF is also implementing new federal guidelines outlining reporting requirements for people returning from Ebola affected countries.
|Bellevue Hospital where Ebola Doctor is being treated.|
'Family, friends, and neighbors can be assured that a returned staff person who does not present symptoms is not contagious and does not put them at risk. The circumstances under which the staff member contracted Ebola have not yet been determined.
Since March, three MSF international staff members and 21 locally employed staff have fallen ill while battling the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with 13 dying.
'Tragically, as we struggle to bring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control, some members of our staff have not been spared,' said Sophie Delaunay, executive director of MSF.
Dr Spencer was described as being in a stable condition in an isolation unit today, officials said. The city's Socialist mayor Bill de Blasio said he was in 'good shape' during a press conference on Friday afternoon at Bellevue Hospital.
The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.
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