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Ebola strikes NYC: doctor tests positive for deadly virus

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(NBC News)

BREAKING: New York officials said late Thursday that the doctor being checked at New York City's Bellevue Hospital has tested positive for Ebola.

NEW YORK (NBC) -- A health care worker just back from West Africa is being isolated and checked for Ebola virus at New York's Bellevue Hospital, city health officials said Thursday. It's a by-the-book operation demonstrating the nation's heightened new state of readiness for Ebola, and by far the most high profile yet.

There have been dozens of such scares in recent weeks, ever since Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola at a Dallas hospital earlier this month after mistakenly having been sent home. None of the cases have turned out to be Ebola.

But this one's a little different — the patient was working with Doctors Without Borders in one of the countries affected by Ebola, and the symptoms include fever and stomach upset.

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