Feverish 5-Year-Old Now Being Tested for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital

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Mayor de Blasio visited Bellevue Hospital on Sunday to thank doctors and nurses caring for New York's first confirmed Ebola patient.
After a weekend filled with debate over controversial quarantine measures instituted in New York and New Jersey, there are concerns Monday that there may be a second Ebola patient in New York City.

On Sunday night EMS Hazardous Material Tactical Units transported a five-year-old child from his home in the Bronx to Bellevue Hospital, responding to a report that the boy had developed a 103-degree fever after returning Saturday from a trip to Guinea with his family.

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Ebola Is Here, Twitter Freaks Out Vol. 2 [UPDATED]

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We all know his name. We all know where he lives. We all know where he bowls. Social media has absolutely exploded in the 15-or-so hours since New York City announced its first confirmed Ebola case. New Yorkers have had much to say about the city's response (de Blasio's got this, btw), the fear-stoking media coverage, the alarmist public reaction, and the patient himself -- Dr. Craig Spencer, to those who passed out before 9 p.m. last night and are only just now waking up. The Village Voice is wading through Twitter to find our favorite responses to the thus-far-not-really-a-crisis. We'll keep adding to the list as long as you all keep sending your thoughts out into the world. Since there's no chance of that not happening, who knows how long we can keep this up.

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Cuomo Says the 'Situation Is Under Control' in NYC While Ebola Breaks Twitter

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Cuomo: "We're doing everything we should be doing."
Reaction to the first reported case of Ebola in New York City ranged from swift and measured to explosive and histrionic as the city familiarized itself with Dr. Craig Spencer, his exercise habits, and his bowling game.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo called a 9 p.m. press conference to reassure the city that the case involving the 33-year-old Spencer, recently returned from a Doctors Without Borders mission in Guinea, is an isolated incident that has been handled properly and expertly by the New York City Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, first responders, and Bellevue Hospital medical staff.

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Doctor With Ebola-like Symptoms Rushed to Hospital in NYC

Paramedics rushed a doctor in West Harlem to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after he started showing Ebola-like symptoms.

Craig Spencer, 33, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, treated Ebola patients in Guinea, Africa, before returning to New York City more than a week ago, according to the Post. FDNY hazardous-materials specialists, clad in protective gear, sealed off Spencer's apartment on West 147th Street.

See also: What If an Ebola Case Lands at JFK?

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NYC Hosts Massive Ebola Training Session for Health Workers

New York City is running point in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's defense against Ebola. As part of its efforts to revise its Ebola response protocol, the CDC co-sponsored the training of about 5,000 healthcare workers in new techniques for protecting themselves when treating Ebola patients. The educational session took place Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Hell's Kitchen and was streamed live across the country.

See also: What Happens if an Ebola Case Lands at JFK?

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What Happens If an Ebola Case Lands at JFK?

Last Saturday, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport started conducting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's enhanced Ebola screening. JFK became the first out of five U.S. airports, including Washington-Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago-O'Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports, to begin the special screening exercise. The discovery that Amber Vinson -- the second Texas nurse who contracted Ebola -- was allowed to board a commercial airliner from Ohio to Texas while running a fever begs an obvious question for New Yorkers: What happens if an infected passenger arrives at JFK?More »

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Tweets That She Has High-Risk HPV

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City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito used Twitter Sunday night to announce that she's been diagnosed with high-risk human papillomavirus, or HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection. The speaker added that she needs to undergo a biopsy to test for cervical cancer. The announcement immediately generated a wave of headlines, with the Daily News describing it as a "health bombshell".

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You're Almost Definitely Not Going to Die: An Ebola Primer

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Ebola virus, just kinda sitting there, not coming to get you.
The Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa is definitely nothing to trifle with. It's killed more than 800 people already, in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, and Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization said Friday that the "outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it." That's not the kind of thing you want to hear.

And with news that two people have been treated at New York hospitals with possible symptoms of the disease, there's some understandable anxiety. But take a deep breath.

Here are a few things to know:

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New York City's Paid Sick Leave Law Kicks In Today

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How many of you are reading this while home with the "flu?"
New York City workers can begin using their paid sick leave today, as part of a measure originally passed by the city council in 2013 over the veto threats of former mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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New York City's Health Department Would Like to Remind You Fake Weed Is Dangerous and Stupid

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Just don't.
New York City emergency rooms are seeing an outbreak of fake marijuana-related illnesses, according to the city's health department. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning on Sunday urging people not to buy or use "synthetic cannabinoids," which are often sold at head shops under names like K2, Spice, and Green Giant. The agency says it's gotten reports of 15 fake weed-related emergency room visits over the past two days, concentrated in East Harlem, Central Harlem and Chelsea.

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