Police have responded to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.
Local television stations reported Friday that two people were being airlifted to a hospital.
Live video showed students being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, near Everett.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:26:25 -0700
A 'Beat the Royals' parody is gaining attention on YouTube as the Giants prepare for Game 3 at home.
The parody of Lorde's "Royals" was posted by "TyKy."
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:53 -0700
The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus and is being released, the National Institutes of Health said Friday.
Nina Pham, 26, was to be released from the NIH hospital near Washington.
She will make a brief statement but won't take questions during a news conference late Friday morning with her doctors, said John Burklow, an NIH spokesman.
Pham arrived Oct. 16 at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Pham is one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease Oct. 8.
The other nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, is being treated at Emory University Hospital near Atlanta. Her family said Wednesday in a statement that doctors can no longer detect Ebola in her body. Her mother said then that she had been approved for transfer from isolation. Emory declined to release information about her condition.
Pham's dog, a King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, has tested negative for the virus. The city of Dallas has said the 1-year-old dog will be tested again before his 21-day quarantine period ends Nov. 1. Bentley is being cared for by the City of Dallas Animal Services at a decommissioned naval air base.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:46:29 -0700
A breast cancer survivor in San Jose received a once in a lifetime present that she tells KTVU she can now cross off her bucket list.
A family member gave Eileen Low a pair of tickets to see her beloved San Francisco Giants play Friday in Game 3 of the World Series.
Low tells KTVU Friday is a very special day after a difficult and painful journey.
"Thanks again for the tickets, Michelle," Low tells her niece as they spoke to each other on Skype.
Michelle Tran, who lives in Manhattan, gifted Low with the tickets as a "get well" present.
Michelle says Low was a "second" mother to her...helped to raise her and brought her to Giants games as a child.
"Just excited and grateful," described Low about her reaction to the gift.
Eight months ago, Low received the dreaded diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
"Disbelief, it wasn't anger, not why me? It happens. Let's just deal with it," said Low.
She said she told each of her three children individually.
It was a difficult task, especially since her nine-year-old daughter Kiersten has a friend who lost her mother to cancer.
To help her children cope, Low involved them in her battle with cancer. They cut and shaved off mom's hair.
"It helped because I knew she was going to be OK," said Kiersten.
"I didn't want to lose my hair in clumps and I thought it would be fun to have a haircutting party. They get to cut it," said Low.
She's now done with chemotherapy and her last radiation session was Wednesday.
After undergoing a double mastectomy, she says it'll be at least six months before she can have reconstructive surgery.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:32:36 -0700
A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption probe has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Reynaldo Vargas pleaded guilty to four felony charges this week. In his plea agreement, Vargas acknowledged the thefts, but also said he and two other officers, Sgt. Ian Furminger and Officer Edmond Robles, took marijuana.
The 45-year-old Vargas said he then gave the drugs to two people the three officers were trying to recruit as informants, knowing they would sell them.
Furminger and Robles have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to go to trial in November.
Vargas was fired from the police department in 2012.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:24:01 -0700
Video surfaced yesterday of a young girl barely dodging falling debris from a Ukrainian soccer stadium.
You can see the girl running toward the stadium, and dive to the ground as she spots a large part of the stadium detach and fall toward the ground.
Upon seeing this, she lays on the ground and covers her head, as the large window misses her by what appears to be inches.
According to Bleacher Report, Donbass Arena is home to Ukranian Football club Shakhtar Donetsk, and was damaged during the nation's tensions with Russia.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:10:13 -0700
A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted ten people who allegedly ran a network of 40 brothels throughout the Bay Area employing women trafficked primarily from Asian countries, the U.S. Attorney's Office has announced.
Federal prosecutors said the defendants operated 30 brothels in cities including Pinole, San Mateo, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Belmont, Fremont, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Foster City, San Bruno, Colma and South San Francisco from at least August 2002 through July 2014.
Members of the enterprise also sent a number of outgoing wire transfers to Asian countries from at least March 4, 2004 to Oct. 3, 2013 to other members of the group and to known prostitutes.
There were at least 23 such international wire transfers totaling $179,218 to Leow Wan Ru Veron, 54, an alleged recruiter of prostitutes in Singapore, and 20 totaling $109,300 to Chonthicha Jaemratanasophin, 48, an alleged prostitute living in Thailand.
The charges in the indictment include conspiring to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, use of a facility in interstate and foreign commerce to promote prostitution, laundering of monetary instruments, importation of aliens for an immoral purpose and transportation in interstate and foreign commerce for prostitution.
Prosecutors said seven of those named in the indictment were arrested today and made their initial appearance in court, including Allen Fong, 58, of San Mateo; Robert Chun, 54, of San Francisco; Jie Mu, 43, of San Francisco; Laurence Shu Kwan Lee, 36, of San Francisco; Kevin Hartig, 58, of Daly City; Angelina Chuong, 39, of San Francisco and Jaemratanasophin.
Jaemratanasophin was detained, while the others were released on bonds ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.
Fong is scheduled to appear again on Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg, while the other defendants are scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 29.
The indictment also names Leow Wan Ru Veron, Ya Huai Hung, 53, of Taiwan and Waylen Fong, 70, formerly of San Mateo.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:57:19 -0700
A woman nearly eight months pregnant was involved in a tragic accident, and is now fighting for her life.
Jenny Quiles was on her way to the doctor for a check-up, and was crossing First Avenue North in St. Petersburg when she was hit by a tow truck.
Her husband Angel told FOX 13 that seconds before the crash, Jenny shielded her belly to protect her unborn child.
Thankfully the baby is doing well and doctors are planning a C-section in a couple of weeks.
As for Jenny, she's listed in critical condition. Doctors said she is unresponsive and suffering from a severe brain injury, but remains stable.
The young couple has been married for nearly a year, and had their whole lives ahead of them.
"She has changed my whole world. She taught me to open my mind. She has been a blessing to me.”
Angel said he's not sure what to do next. Medical bills are stacking up; the baby is coming soon and they were not financially prepared for this accident.
As Jenny remains in the hospital and the baby's due date nears, family and friends have set up an account to help the Quiles family with the unexpected medical bills, and the arrival of their new child.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:54:50 -0700
Palo Alto police have released new photos of two suspects in an armed jewelry store robbery at the Stanford Shopping Center.
The suspects, a man and a woman, robbed Gleim the Jeweler at the Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real just before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police.
Both suspects were armed in the robbery, which netted more than two-dozen high-end wristwatches.
Employees were ordered to the ground during the robbery, but none were injured. There were no customers in the store when the robbery occurred. The male suspect is described as a black male adult between 35 and 40 with a medium build and a beard. He wore a navy long-sleeved jumpsuit, a white elastic dust mask around his neck and a white ACE hardware cap with a red brim.
The female suspect was a black female adult around 30 years old with a thin build and shoulder-length wavy hair that appeared to be a wig. She wore a U.S. Postal Service vest over a white t-shirt and dark pants, and carried a large purse with a flower design.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or texted or phoned in to (650) 383-8984.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:51:44 -0700
A woman was rushed to the hospital Friday morning after she was burned during a large house fire in Milpitas.
When Milpitas fire crews arrived at the burning home on Farmcrest Street, the first floor was filled with flames and four family members were on the roof. Two of them were children.
Firefighters helped two people jump down and brought the other two down on a ladder.
One of the family members, a woman, suffered burns to her arms during the fire and was taken to the hospital. She is listed in stable condition.
The fire started around 3 a.m. and was concentrated near the kitchen.
Extra crews were called in from the San Jose Fire Department to fight the large fire.
At the same time about 20 people were evacuated from nearby homes because there was concern of the fire spreading.
After the fire was knocked down, crews found the family dog that was killed in the fire.
It's unclear if there were working smoke detectors in the home. A battalion chief told KTVU given the size of the fire, someone could have been seriously hurt.
At this point, the fire does not appear to be suspicious. Crews continue to investigate the cause.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:01:23 -0700
Well after the rest of his teammates put on their uniforms, Matt Cain wandered into the San Francisco clubhouse and changed clothes for a recent World Series practice.
The workhorse of the rotation for years, Cain isn't pitching for the Giants this October. His season ended in August when he had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.
Playing spectator as his team takes on Kansas City is hardly the ideal way to spend the postseason. Especially after Cain helped the Giants win championships in 2010 and 2012.
But Cain, who threw a perfect game two years ago, seems to be handling it all quite well.
"This is great," Cain said. "Nobody wants to be hurt, but what the team has done the last half of the season and what they've done throughout the playoffs, it's been spectacular to watch."
He's had ample time to get accustomed to this new role. He's been a regular at the ballpark throughout his rehab.
"He's definitely one of the biggest leaders on this team," right fielder Hunter Pence said. "It's tough with the injuries and playing this game, it's tough on the body. It's part of the thing when you pitch as many innings as they do. He's an absolute horse."
"You've kind of got to swallow the injury pill," he said. "When it hits you, those things are out of your control. What he does control is his leadership, his personality. That's a big impact on this team."
Cain isn't the only familiar postseason face from San Francisco missing from the roster. Second baseman Marco Scutaro, the 2012 NL Championship Series MVP, was limited to five games in July because of his troublesome back. Speedy center fielder and leadoff man Angel Pagan's season ended in late September with back surgery.
On the Royals side, key reliever Luke Hochevar was lost for the year during spring training and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery.
Tim Hudson, the Giants starter for Game 3 on Friday night, can relate. His season ended prematurely last year in Atlanta because of a broken right ankle that required surgery.
Now, the 39-year-old Hudson will make his World Series debut against Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals after a 16-year wait.
"The only thing you can do is come out here and be around and make sure you're available for anybody if they have something to ask you," Hudson said.
Cain didn't pitch again after July 9 after his elbow trouble began with inflammation.
Even during the rigors of rehabilitation, Cain can be seen in a pitchers' corner of the clubhouse, chatting up locker mates Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy and Hudson.
"It's a whole different perspective being able to watch the game this way," the 30-year-old Cain said. "You get just as nervous, you're just as stressed out about what guys are doing."
"It's probably a little easier for me when the games are over. And before the game, I'm just worried about trying to get some rehab done. Once the games start, I'm starting to get the tension like those guys get, but those guys are having to live and breathe it for the whole month, where I'm probably able to be a little more relaxed between games."
It was an uncharacteristic year for Cain. He had a pair of three-start skids and went 2-7 with a career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 starts and just 90 1-3 innings.
In his two postseasons, Cain is 4-2 with a 2.10 ERA in eight starts.
He went unbeaten to help lead San Francisco to the city's first World Series crown in 2010 against Texas, then was a big part of a surprising four-game Series sweep of the Tigers in '12.
Cain's teammates appreciate him finding ways to stay involved and keep others motivated.
"He's been great. There's only so much you can do, he's injured," lefty reliever Javier Lopez said. "Injuries happen, but he hasn't let that faze him. He's going to be here and he's going to be the clubhouse guy that he's always been."
"Sometimes you can get in those modes and want to stay isolated and not be part of the group. He's not doing that," he said. "He wants to be part of this and he's going to cheer guys on and he's going to pick people up when they need to be picked up, and that's something that you really like out of a leader."
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:52:50 -0700
A car fire in Lafayette is now blocking one lane on westbound state Highway 24 this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The burning vehicle was first called in at 5:12 a.m. near the Acalanes Road off ramp, CHP officials said.
The vehicle was moved to the right hand side of the roadway as two lanes were reported blocked at 5:28 a.m., according to the CHP.
By 6:32 a.m. crews consolidated the closure to one lane, with no estimate for when the roadway will be clear, CHP officials said.
No injuries have been reported.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:46:57 -0700
The drumbeats echoed like the heartbeat of a city, thrilled to be celebrating another World Series. October never looked so orange in San Francisco
The city rolled out the "orange" carpet at Pier 27 for Major League Baseball. a royal welcome party for the Kansas City Royals and Giants faithful.
The high-spirited gala had VIPs and politicians showing their true colors and how baseball can pull people together and make them proud. Among the 2,500 invited guests, Giants fans had high hopes for another title.
"We're going to win. Sunday will be the final game and then we'll have a parade on Wednesday," predicted Kathryn Horton of San Anselmo.
The Giants fourth trip to the World Series in five seasons is a welcome boost to spirits and the economy.
'It's so great that something from the heart, you know appreciating the Giants as we do can also have an economic benefit, that is the best of both worlds," said State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano who arrived with Supervisor David Campos wearing orange in black colors.
KTVU caught up with the Giants General Manager Brian Sabean's family as they returned from Kansas City, the party is a welcome break.
"We're looking forward to just unwind a little bit and get ready for tomorrow," Sabean told KTVU.
"It's just nice to really enjoy the moment and realize how far you've come to get to that point and get everyone together and celebrate it," said Sabean's wife Amanda.
Six-year-old Aidan Sabean voiced his World Series prediction. When asked who would come out on top this weekend he said, "The Giants because they're just going to win in San Francisco."
The evening was capped off by a fireworks show over the Bay, without a bit of fog. Celebrations continued until 11 p.m. at the newly constructed Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 27, which was lit up inside with orange lights.
Giants staff, who stepped off a plane today from Kansas City were just taking time to enjoy the evening before the series continues Friday.
"I'm going on 3 hours sleep because most of our front office we got in at 3 in the morning and got back to our families about 5, but you know, it doesn't get old and I think you treasure it and enjoy the moment even more, said Shana Daum, a Giants staff member.
Whether you're a Royals fan or Giants fan, the night was about being a baseball fan, celebrating the joy of being in the World Series, and being part of baseball history.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:44:35 -0700
By no means is San Francisco the only place where you'll find San Francisco Giants pride on display. Businesses in the South Bay are doing their part to root and support the team and it's proving to be quite profitable.
Rarely do you walk into a barbershop and get a bit nostalgic. Rob Whitsey's grandfather founded the Giant’s barbershop in 1966 and named it after the San Francisco Giants for his love of Willie Mays.
“I grew up watching Chili Davis, Atlee Hammaker and all the great Giants players back then,” said Whitsey.
Signed autographs from Mays, other Giants and World Series memorabilia adorn the walls. Giants camaraderie filled what the shop called its "own little dugout.”
“When I come over here that's all I hear about is Giants,” said Antonio Cuevas who is a customer.
“Every city in the Bay Area, everyone here is just feeling it,” said Whitsey. “The black and orange. They are just making songs and videos. It's a beautiful thing.”
On the other side of town is another story of giant success. Over at Cukui in North San Jose, the store is making t-shirts with an original “Giants” design.
“We are basically selling them as fast as we can make them,” said RJ Onaka of Cukui. “For a small mom and pop, this is definitely overwhelming.”
Since Friday, the store estimates its sold nearly 700 pieces proving it's not just San Franciscans with the heart of a giant.
“They are the team right now,” said Onaka. “They are hot. They are going for the third. It’s exciting and it brings a lot buzz to the Bay Area. It brings up morale in the Bay Area.”
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:20:06 -0700
Seven people were injured in Dublin Thursday evening when a woman drove her car into a busy restaurant, according to police.
The driver, a 56-year-old woman, was trying to park in front of Los Pericos in the 7400 block of Village Parkway around 6:15 p.m. when she accidentally accelerated, police said.
She crashed into the crowded restaurant, injuring six people inside, several of them seriously. All six were taken to local hospitals for treatment, but police said all are expected to survive their injuries.
The driver is also being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.
Police are investigating the collision.
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:07:56 -0700
A Dublin-area California Highway Patrol officer is under investigation for allegedly sending nude photos of a DUI suspect from her cellphone to his own phone while the young woman was in custody, court records show.
An investigator from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is recommending that 35-year-old CHP Officer Sean Harrington be charged with felony computer theft, according to the court records.
Investigators served a search warrant at the officer's Martinez home on Oct. 10 and seized his cellphone and laptop that contained nude or semi-nude photos, text messages and instant messages from the cellphone of a 23-year-old San Ramon woman arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the search warrant.
The woman, whose name is not being released and is referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, was stopped by Harrington and his CHP partner for an unsafe lane change on Interstate Highway 680 in San Ramon just after midnight on Aug. 29.
Doe failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level was measured at .29 percent, according to court records.
The officers took the woman to county jail in Martinez and she was later issued a notice to appear in court and released.
According to court records, the woman later noticed that six photos of her had been secretly forwarded from her cellphone to an unknown number in the 707 area code while she was in police custody.
Doe and her attorney, Rick Madsen, provided a statement to the district attorney's office on Oct. 7 and a judge later issued a search warrant for Harrington's home. Madsen said his client is humiliated and called the case a violation of public trust.
“She has no idea where the photographs are, who has seen them, who has retransmitted them, or when they will reappear for the rest of her life,” Madsen said. “The anxiety associated with it is unbearable.”
A CHP spokeswoman said they are cooperating with the criminal investigation while conducting their own administrative investigation. The officer has been placed on administrative duties and his peace officer powers have been taken away.
Barry Grove with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office said investigators have known about the case for weeks. They are investigating multiple cases similar to this one.
“Police officers are human beings just like everybody else,” Grove said. “They’re sworn to do a job, they’re sworn to uphold the law, but sometimes, just like all human beings, they fall short of what they’re supposed to do.”
An announcement on whether or not charges will be filed is expected next week.
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:57:46 -0700
One day before Game 3 of the World Series is set to kick off; the activity at AT&T Park is already picking up steam.
The Royals wrapped up their off-day practice, and the Giants took the field afterwards.
"You want to gain home field advantage," said Giants Broadcaster Mike Krukow after arriving from the airport. He says the team is where it wants to be.
"When you split, as they did by winning the first one, they have that opportunity now to win at home, to have that home field advantage and now it's up to them to take advantage of it."
Fans stood outside waiting for the team buses, hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite players, perhaps even an autograph.
"Got off work, rushed down here and we said hopefully he can get at least one autograph, and he got Peavy. He's excited," said Nancy Heinicke of San Mateo.
The Kansas City Royals arrived at the park just after noon with a San Francisco Police escort. Three hours later, they were on the field working out and getting used to AT&T Park with its unusual layout.
"And really work on what the ball does coming off the wall and what it does in that big gap out there in right center field," said Royals Manager Ned Yost.
He grew up in the Bay Area and played baseball at Dublin High School and Chabot College in Hayward.
"I was a huge Giants fan growing up. I bet I went through 15 Giants hats as a kid. Willie Mays was my idol, my most favorite player, so to be able to come back to San Francisco and the Bay Area where I still got a lot of family and a lot of friends on this type of stage is really, really cool."
Someone who knows this stage well is MLB Network analyst and former Giant Mark DeRosa who was on the 2010 World Series Champion team.
"The Kansas City fans are in for a real treat. The ones who made the trek out here because this place is as loud and electric a stadium as there is in the big leagues," said DeRosa.
Wade Davis is a pitcher for Kansas City who is fired up to be in San Francisco.
"It's pretty cool to get out and see the city's alive, and everybody's out wearing their gear for their team. And just getting out here and taking a look at the stadium.”
The Giants had scheduled their practice from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, but they wrapped it up within about an hour.
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:45:17 -0700
In a recent series of busy weekends in San Francisco, this weekend's World Series festivities will be the most closely watched globally as people come from all over the nation needing food, drink and lodging.
The population of good-sized town will flood the neighborhood south of the Bay Bridge to be at on or close to the World Series action. And businesses couldn't be happier.
The record attendance at AT&T Park of just over 44,000 per game came four years ago during the playoffs. That's roughly the entire population of the sprawling East Bay city of Dublin. It is a huge group of people to provide food, beverage and souvenirs to for three straight days. Add to that t
he bars and restaurants around the Park and you have what is known as a major logistics problem supplying them with goods ranging from t-shirts to tequila and pastries to popcorn.
At the center of it all, deep inside the ballpark, is Centerplate. The company that keeps the food and drink flowing at the Park is working nonstop.
"The mere movement of the amount of product throughout the stadium, to get things adequately stocked, to get things adequately staffed," said Centerplate Senior Vice-President Bill Greathouse.
Before the first fan arrives, it takes at least 1,200 people to make sure that the park is ready for play.
"The big change is probably merchandise within the building: the t-shirts, the hats, the commemorative items," added Greathouse.
Before the staff get any items to sell, it goes through security.
"All of our trucks that are making any kind of delivery are going through x-ray procedures in adjacent piers," said Greathouse, referring to screening being done by Homeland Security.
At the nearby Polo Club Lounge, it will also be standing room only this weekend.
"Oh, we're still stocking up. We are preparing around the clock and everybody is on schedule; all hands on deck," said Polo Grounds Bartender Jen Hawkins.
Next door at the tiny SBC Pizza Shop, Gabriel Colorado and his small staff expect a huge increase in orders.
"Yeah maybe like 40 percent; yes, a big increase." said Colorado.
"It's about to be amazing and crazy and have a lot of fun," said bartender Hawkins.
And, oh yes, pallet after pallet of toilet paper.
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:29 -0700
The auditorium at the Westridge School in Pasadena was packed. The dozens of usually giggly girls were so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. The very soft voice of Kim Phuc echoed from the podium, saying "peace is so important, horrible things happen during war."
She should know, she was 9-years-old when napalm bombs destroyed the Vietnam temple where she was hiding with her family. As she and her brothers ran for safety, a young AP photographer took their picture. As soon as he realized her skin was falling off, burned from the napalm, he put her and all the kids in his vehicle and rushed them to get help.
His name is Nick Ut, and his photograph of Kim running during the infamous Trangvang offensive became famous. The picture won the Pulitzer Prize and showed the world the very ugly face of civilian injuries.
Ut was also injured, trying to go back to the village where Kim lived. But they did catch up eventually, years later. He was instrumental in helping her flee from Vietnam with her husband and go to Canada, where she now lives.
She came to Westbridge as part of a program promoting peace and forgiveness. Her inspirational words moved several students to tears.
Kim has devoted her life to working for the rights of children in war zones, and inspiring everyone to realize that, even today, civilians are affected in military actions. Hers is not a political message, as she has done a lot of work with American veterans.
Nick Ut continues working for AP, and has earned awards for numerous other photos. He is an unassuming man, with a huge heart and incredible talent.
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:04:27 -0700
An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor's Ebola diagnosis, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling. De Blasio said all city officials followed "clear and strong" protocols in their handling and treatment of him.
"We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed," de Blasio said. "New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk."
The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders who had been working in Guinea, returned six days ago and reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea. He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will do a further test to confirm the initial results, has dispatched an Ebola response team to New York, and the city's disease detectives have been tracing Spencer's contacts to identify anyone who may be at risk. The city's health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer's fiancee and two friends had been quarantined but showed no symptoms.
In the days before Spencer fell ill, he went on a 3-mile jog, went to the High Line park, rode the subway and, on Wednesday night, got a taxi to a Brooklyn bowling alley. Bassett said he felt fatigued Wednesday but not feverish until Thursday morning.
Health officials say the chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, are slim. Someone can't be infected just by being near someone who is sick with Ebola. Someone isn't contagious unless he is sick.
Bassett said the probability was "close to nil" that Spencer's subway ride would pose a risk. Still, the bowling alley was closed as a precaution, and Spencer's Harlem apartment was cordoned off. The Department of Health was on site across the street from the apartment building Thursday night, giving out information to area residents.
President Barack Obama had been briefed on the situation in New York, the White House said.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed about 4,800 people. In the United States, the first person diagnosed with the disease was a Liberian man, who fell ill days after arriving in Dallas and later died, becoming the only fatality. None of his relatives who had close contact with him got sick. Two nurses who treated him were infected and are hospitalized.
According to a rough timeline provided by city officials, Spencer felt fatigue Wednesday and when he felt worse Thursday he and his fiancee made a joint call to authorities to detail his symptoms and his travels. EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived and took him to Bellevue in an ambulance surrounded by police squad cars.
Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, said per the guidelines it provides its staff members on their return from Ebola assignments, "the individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately." Travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone must report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day, as Spencer did.
Spencer works at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He had not seen any patients or been to the hospital since his return, the hospital said in a statement, calling him a "dedicated humanitarian" who "went to an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population."
Four American aid workers, including three doctors, were infected with Ebola while working in Africa and were transferred to the U.S. for treatment in recent months. All recovered.
Health care workers are vulnerable because of close contact with patients when they are their sickest and most contagious. In West Africa this year, more than 440 health workers have contracted Ebola and about half have died.
Spencer, 33, is from Michigan and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and Columbia's University Mailman School of Public Health.
According to his Facebook page, he left for West Africa via Brussels in mid-September. A photo shows him in full protective gear. He returned to Brussels Oct. 16.
"Off to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders," he wrote. "Please support organizations that are sending support or personnel to West Africa, and help combat one of the worst public health and humanitarian disasters in recent history."
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:18 -0700