Ebola Alert Missouri a patient from Africa arrived with possible Ebola Virus.
Ebola symptoms include vomiting blood, fever, bleeding from eyes, mouth and nose.
Hospital isolated the patient from other patients in the ER T and called the Missouri Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Under their protocol, the emergency department was re-routing ambulances to an alternate emergency site at the hospital, keeping other patients needing care away from the potentially infectious disease.
“It didn’t really matter to us what the disease was,” Thompson said. “Anytime a patient presents with any kind of potentially infectious disease, which could be something fairly minor or something fairly major, we’re going to treat it the same way and take precautions to keep other patients safe, our staff safe, and our community safe.”
As far as symptoms go, Thompson would not give specifics as to protect the privacy of the patient.
“The patient was very sick when they came in and they needed emergency care,” Thompson said. “There’s no question.”
The patient – who was travelling through the Clinton area – was taken to a different hospital in the state because he or she needed specialized care. Specialized care Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare couldn’t provide.
While Thompson said it was more serious than the flu, there hasn’t been a diagnosis on what the disease was, or if it even was an infectious disease.
KY3/KSPR’s Andrew Havranek asked him about the possibility of it being as serious of a disease as Ebola.
Havranek: “Is there any confirmation to that?”
report from Fox News Channel
A potentially infectious patient’s arrival at the emergency department at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton Tuesday prompted the hospital to divert ambulance traffic.
Through the utilization of routine screening, medical personnel quickly identified the potential risk and implemented Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol to ensure the safety of patients and staff, the hospital said through a news release late Tuesday night.
While treating the patient, the emergency department was on diversion to ambulance traffic. An alternate emergency site in the hospital was established to treat patients who sought care during this time.
After consultation with appropriate authorities, the patient was transferred to another facility.
“The quick action of our staff helped a patient receive timely and appropriate care,” chief executive officer Craig Thompson said. “I would like to thank the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and state and local law enforcement agencies for their assistance.
The hospital has not indicated what disease or ailment the potentially infectious patient may have or what symptoms the patient exhibited. It’s also unclear where the patient was transported.
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