New York hospital treating Ebola doctor suffers ‘staff shortage as nurses call in sick out of fear of being infected’


  • Dr Craig Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday
  • He has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in isolation ward
  • Earlier reports claimed hoards of health workers called in sick on Friday
  • They were allegedly fearful that they might become infected with disease
  • However, Manhattan-based hospital has now denied there was a sickout
  • Spokesman said nurses are willing treating Dr Spencer in teams of two
  • Victim’s fiancée, Morgan Dixon, has also been quarantined at the hospital
  • Two nurses in Dallas contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan
  • Mr Duncan, a 42-year-old Liberian, died earlier this month from the virus

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Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline

and Joel Christie for MailOnline

The New York hospital where the city’s first Ebola patient is being treated has denied claims that hoards of health workers have called in sick out of fear of contracting the deadly virus.

Bellevue Hospital Center, to which Dr Craig Spencer was admitted on Thursday, was said to have suffered a staff shortage on Friday after a high number of medics failed to turn up for work.

According to The New York Post, the employees feared they might become infected with Ebola like the two Dallas nurses who treated victim Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on October 8.

However, hospital spokesman Ana Marengo has now denied there was any sickout, saying that nurses are willing treating Dr Spencer in pairs, ‘with one serving as a buddy watching the other’.

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Denial: Bellevue Hospital Center (pictured), where Ebola victim Dr Craig Spencer is being treated, has denied claims that hoards of health workers have called in sick out of fear of contracting the deadly disease
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Denial: Bellevue Hospital Center (pictured), where Ebola victim Dr Craig Spencer is being treated, has denied claims that hoards of health workers have called in sick out of fear of contracting the deadly disease

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