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Ebola Case Highlights Work of NYC Disease Sleuths

Health alerts for travelers to particular West African countries posted at the main lobby entrance of Bellevue Hospital in New York, Oct. 24, 2014. Bellevue, the country's oldest public hospital, had been preparing for an Ebola patient in earnest since August. And when Ebola did come to New York via Dr. Craig Spencer, he was transported to Bellevue by specially trained emergency workers cloaked in protective gear. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Health alerts for travelers to particular West African countries posted at the main lobby entrance of Bellevue Hospital in New York, Oct. 24, 2014. Bellevue, the country's oldest public hospital, had been preparing for an Ebola patient in earnest since August. And when Ebola did come to New York via Dr. Craig Spencer, he was transported to Bellevue by specially trained emergency workers cloaked in protective gear. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK—New York City’s disease detectives were off and running the moment the call came in from a doctor who suspected he had Ebola. As...




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