Dr. Pascal James Imperato answers questions on NYC Ebola concerns

News 12 spoke with the dean of the school of public health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center to find out what New York City residents need to know about Ebola.



Dr. Pascal James Imperato worked for six years as the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health prior to his current role as dean.



Imperato says it is highly unlikely Spencer had transferred anything at that early stage of Ebola, when he was first showing symptoms. 



He says the spread of Ebola is most contagious in patients with more advanced symptoms of the disease who are sweating, vomiting and have diarrhea.



Imperato says the Department of Health has disinfected any establishment Spencer was in before opening them to the public.



He says the risk of causal transmission from Spencer is virtually zero for residents.


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