FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2014; 6:00 pm
Joint Statement of Health and Hospitals Corporation and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The patient at Bellevue Hospital Center is entering the next phase of his illness, as anticipated with the appearance of gastrointestinal symptoms.
The patient is awake and communicating. The Bellevue clinical team in charge of care for the patient is in constant communication with CDC and with other leading medical centers such as Emory University Hospital and the Nebraska Medical Center. A large CDC team has been actively involved in advising the Bellevue staff and we are very appreciative of the additional guidance.
In addition to the required supportive therapy, we initiated antiviral therapy within hours of admission. We also administered plasma therapy yesterday. These therapies have been used at Emory and Nebraska.
The patient's fiancée will return to her home this evening under quarantine.
For more information, visit the NYC Department of Health website and the CDC website.