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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — New York City's mayor has visited the Manhattan hospital isolation unit where a doctor who contracted Ebola is being treated.

After Sunday's visit, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers shouldn't be alarmed about contracting the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in West Africa.

At a press conference at Bellevue Hospital, de Blasio said that medical experts in New York City are "fully prepared" to handle Ebola.

"We have faith in our public health system," said de Blasio.

The mayor thanked the doctors and nurses on the front line at Bellevue treating Dr. Chris Spencer for Ebola.

Spencer tested positive for Ebola after returning from Guinea where he worked with infected patients.

His fiancee has been cleared of the disease but is still being kept under quarantine at the couple's Harlem home.

De Blasio says Spencer was "looking better" on Sunday. Doctors say he's entered the next stage of Ebola, which involves gastrointestinal problems.

The mayor and health officials note that Ebola is difficult to contract. It has to be transmitted through bodily fluids.

The mayor will join Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday evening for a briefing.

It's unknown if Ebola and quarantine regulations will be discussed.

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