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NYC Hipster Doc Probably Gave Everyone Ebola

Until yesterday, the biggest danger hipsters posed to our quiet culture was the possibility that they’d bring back farmer overalls and fanny packs and keep Pabst Blue Ribbon in business. While many of us understood the cultural havoc that people with organic cheese fetishes and New Wave record collections were to the society at large, we were fairly certain that, while industrial modern would become a much more pervasive trend than anticipated, it would hardly lead to a gruesome and painful death (unless, of course, you are one of the chosen few who actually attempt to install edison bulbs in your household fixtures).

And then, we come to find out, that a New York doc, who recently returned from overseas where he treated Ebola patients, somehow managed to skip through the extensive CDC screening process of self-reporting, misunderstood the parameters of self-quarantine, and might have infected half of Williamsburg with the the deadly virus (provided Williamsburg residents are licking street vomit, I guess). 

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.

Dr. Spencer is now the ultimate hipster. Technically speaking, he had Ebola before it was cool.

Among the locations being monitored for Ebola is “The Gutter,” a local Brooklyn bowling alley that serves craft beer and hosts alternative comedy festivals. Briefly, the Brooklyn Bowl, where Jimmy Fallon bandleader Questlove DJs occasionally, was also concerned about a possible visit from Dr. Spencer, but they have since determined that their ironically retro local hipster bowling establishment is Ebola free. They have not checked for other diseases. Dr. Specner also, apparently, rode the subway, but as anyone who has ever lived in a major city with public transportation knows, Ebola is probably one of the less offensive things you can encounter on a subway.


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