The number of people under “active monitoring” for Ebola symptoms has increased from 117 on Monday to 357 people Wednesday, health officials said.
The vast majority of those being monitored arrived in New York City within the past 21 days from the three Ebola-affected countries, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said in a statement.
Others being monitored are the staff caring for Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician being treated for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital, the lab workers who conducted his blood tests and the FDNY EMTs who transported the doctor.
All of those being monitored showed no symptoms but are being checked on out of “an abundance of caution,” the statement said.
One of the people under quarantine for coming into contact with Spencer will now be also subject to active monitoring because “the individual poses no public threat and is showing no symptoms,” health officials said. The person’s movements will not be restricted, but the person will be assessed twice a day by city health workers.
Authorities also said Spencer’s condition also continues to improve. The latest good news about Spencer comes just four days after health officials upgraded his condition from “serious but stable” to “stable.”
That announcement Saturday was made “based on our patient’s clinical progress and response to treatment,” city health officials said. “The patient will remain in isolation and continue to receive full treatment.”
Officials also announced Saturday that one person under quarantine because of contact with Spencer will only be subject to direct active monitoring.
The announcements came almost a week after authorities said Spencer had entered the next phase of his illness and warned that he was expected to get worse before he could get better.
He received a plasma transfusion from the second American Ebola patient, Nancy Writebol, on Oct. 25, according to SIM, the Christian organization that Writebol worked with before she was admitted to Emory University Hospital in August.
Authorities have said Spencer was awake, communicating and undergoing plasma and antiviral therapies, treatments that have been used to treat Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and at the Nebraska Medical Center.
His fiancee, Morgan Dixon, was released from the hospital days ago and returned to the couple’s Hamilton Heights apartment. She had not developed any sign of the illness, and she was to remain under quarantine at home.