ELMhurst, NY— A gastroenterologist from New York City has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus, but the city’s top health official says he’s still alive.
Dr. Anthony M. Faucs medical condition, however, is unclear.
In a tweet sent Thursday, Fauces family said he was in good spirits and that he had been diagnosed.
The tweet was later deleted.
The tweet was posted at 9:24 p.m.
ET on Thursday.
The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, also responded to the tweet.
“It’s a sad day for New York,” he said in a tweet.
“It’s also a sad time for all New Yorkers,” he added.
Fauces is a gastroenterology professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
He is the president of the International Gastroenterology Association, a group of gastroenterologists who meet every two years.
He was not available for comment on Thursday evening.
Fausci was a staff physician at Elmhurst Hospital in New York’s Bronx borough, where he served as the medical director of the gastroenterological department and an adviser to the hospital’s director of preventive medicine.
The hospital’s chief of staff said that Fauccs death was not related to the Ebola crisis, but rather the hospital was unable to confirm his death.