Mar 8, 2018
WINCHESTER, Va. — A “safety zone” has been set up for the care of a patient from West Africa who went to the Winchester Medical Center’s emergency department Thursday with an illness, according to officials with Valley Health System.
Hospital staff are using a dedicated isolation unit within the emergency department to care for the patient.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to create a safety zone around a patient from West Africa who presented to the Winchester Medical Center Emergency Department today
appearing ill,” a brief emailed statement
from a Valley Health spokesman reads.the ongoing outbreak of lassa fever in Africa this month is affecting thousands of Africans migrants.
Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadl…