Uber says driver not at risk of Ebola

The ride sharing company Uber said Thursday night that one of its drivers is not at risk of contracting Ebola after transporting a passenger who later tested positive for the virus.  

The company confirmed that one of its drivers provided a ride on Wednesday to the New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola the next day. Health officials also said no other passengers who were given rides later are at risk. 


"We immediately contacted the CDC and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which stated that neither our driver partner nor any of his subsequent passengers are at risk," Uber said in a statement. "We have communicated this to the driver, and the NYC DOHMH medical team met with the driver in person, assuring him that he is not at risk. Our thoughts are with the patient and his loved ones."

New York City officials announced Thursday night that Craig Spencer tested positive for the disease and had first shown symptoms early that morning. The New York Uber driver gave Spencer a ride on Wednesday, a day before he reported symptoms. Officials said the Uber driver had no direct contact with Spencer. 

New York officials stressed that Ebola is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.