The Daily Fix: Doctor in NYC Is Diagnosed With Ebola, Gay Couples Can Adopt in Utah, and 8 Million Air Bags Are Defective

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attend a news conference at Bellevue Hospital on Oct 23. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Oct 24, 2014· 2 MIN READ
Nicole Pasulka is a writer and reporter who lives in New York City. She has written for Mother Jones, BuzzFeed, The Believer, and the New York Observer.

On Thursday evening a doctor who lives in Manhattan and was recently treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Craig Spencer returned to New York City on Oct. 17. He took the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn on Wednesday. He went bowling in Brooklyn and then took a cab back to Manhattan, The New York Times reported. He is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, and investigators are looking for anyone who had contact with him. His fianceé and two friends are also being quarantined at Bellevue.

After the news of Spencer’s diagnosis broke, The New York Times tackled readers’ burning questions. It is “extremely unlikely” that the Ebola virus would spread through public transportation or a bowling ball. The virus spreads through contact with the vomit, feces, or mucus of an infected person.

“He did not have a stage of disease that creates a risk of contagiousness on the subway,” said Mary Bassett, the city health commissioner, according to the Times. “We consider it extremely unlikely, the probability being close to nil, that there will be any problem related to his taking the subway system.”

Six other people who traveled from West Africa are being quarantined in Connecticut, according to Reuters. Mali has seen its first Ebola diagnosis—a two-year-old girl who traveled from Guinea. In Liberia, many public health workers believe the number of Ebola cases is dropping, BuzzFeed reported Thursday.

In other news…

Report Finds Police Abuse in Ferguson: Police committed human rights abuses in Ferguson, Mo., during the response to protests over the shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday. The report cited use of force against Brown and protesters, intimidation, and curfew as some of the “human rights concerns.” (via Amnesty International)

Storm Strikes Northwest: A tornado passed through southern Washington state and northern Oregon on Thursday afternoon. A storm like this is unusual for the region. No one was injured, but the tornado wrecked cars and tore the roofs off several buildings. (via NBC News)

Protests in Iran: Thousands of people in Iran came out on Wednesday to protest recent acid attacks that have burned and blinded women whom conservative authorities believed were wearing “un-Islamic” clothing. (via BuzzFeed)

Another Hazing Scandal: School officials announced that the football season at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pa., will be cut short because of concerns over hazing. Earlier in October, a high school in Sayreville, N.J., canceled its football season over reports of hazing that resulted in the suspension of five coaches and the arrest of seven players. (via ESPN)

Utah Gay Adoption OK: The Utah Supreme Court has lifted an order blocking same-sex partners from adopting children. After same-sex marriage was legalized in the state, the attorney general there ordered clerks to recognize the adoptions. (via Reuters)

Bad Bags: U.S. safety regulators warn that almost 8 million vehicles may have defective air bags. (via USA Today)

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