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Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on the Diagnosis of Ebola in New York City

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on the diagnosis of a Manhattan doctor with the Ebola virus.

“Late Thursday evening, we learned that Dr. Craig Spencer, who had recently returned from his work treating Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa with Doctors Without Borders, has tested positive for the Ebola virus. My prayers and the prayers of the people of the Ninth Congressional District of New York are with Dr. Spencer and his family for a speedy recovery.”

“I want the people of Brooklyn to know that federal, state, and local public health agencies have coordinated their efforts to stop the transmission of the Ebola virus and to prevent the spread of illness in New York City. Members of my staff and I are in regular contact with public health officials. Rest assured that we will work with them to coordinate federal support for their work and to educate and inform the public.”

U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke is a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Ethics, and Homeland Security, where she is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. She represents many neighborhoods in central and southern Brooklyn, NY which include Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, parts of Park Slope and Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace.