October 24th, 2014
09:08 AM ET

New York Governor on Ebola Fears: I'll Ride the Subway Today

To quash what he described as "irrational fear," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he'll ride one of the three subway lines taken by the latest Ebola patient in the United States.

"There's no reason for New Yorkers to panic of feel that they have anything to worry about on the subway system," the Democrat told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day," adding that he plans to ride either the A, L or 1 train on Friday.

Craig Spencer, a doctor who recently returned from Guinea, tested positive for Ebola on Thursday in New York, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

Spencer returned from West Africa last week, but didn't exhibit symptoms until Thursday.

Cuomo stressed that the virus is transmitted only after a person starts feeling sick and shows symptoms, and New York officials are monitoring the four individuals that Spencer had contact with after he started showing those symptoms.

The governor said he spoke to President Barack Obama on Thursday night, as well as Ebola czar Ron Klain about the situation. New York has been well prepared for an Ebola case, Cuomo said, and he believes they have the system in place to handle the recent diagnosis.

"Now being New Yorkers, a little anxiety can keep you safe, right? And it's not a bad thing. But undue anxiety is unproductive and there's no reason for undue anxiety in this situation," he said.


RELATED: From Guinea to the U.S.: Timeline of first Ebola patient in New York City


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October 24th, 2014
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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, October 24, 2014
Physician Craig Spencer is New York City's first patient diagnosed with Ebola.
October 24th, 2014
02:17 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, October 24, 2014

New York deals with its first Ebola case. The Ottawa gunman had "connections" to jihadists. And Facebook's founder delights the tech world by speaking Mandarin.

It's Friday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."


Now in the Big Apple: A doctor who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, authorities said last night. Craig Spencer came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea on October 17. The 33-year-old developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue yesterday. He is in isolation and is being treated at New York's Bellevue Hospital. Spencer, who is in intensive care, went for a jog, may have gone to a restaurant, traveled the city's vast subway system and went bowling before feeling ill, but authorities stressed that the likelihood of him spreading the virus was low.

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