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Ebola survivor Dr. Craig Spencer to leave Bellevue Hospital

MANHATTAN (PIX11) -- Ebola survivor Dr. Craig Spencer will be released from Bellevue Hospital Tuesday morning.

Spencer, 33, became the first Ebola patient in New York City days after he returned from Guinea. The doctor was treating Ebola patients in West Africa with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders in September. Spencer became ill Oct. 23 with a fever and gastrointestinal problems.

The doctor's positive diagnosis in October caused panic in New York City after his whereabouts were made public. Before Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital, he traveled on the 1, A and L trains, went bowling in Williamsburg and had a meal at The Meatball Shop. Meanwhile, city officials urged New Yorkers not to panic or change their daily routine.

Thew New York City Department of Health announced Spencer's condition was improving Nov. 5. Now, after 19 days in isolation, Spencer is scheduled to leave Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

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