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Emergency workers in hazmat gear visited a Baltimore neighborhood Sunday to transport a person showing Ebola-like symptoms to Johns Hopkins Hospital for testing, city officials said.
“The testing is being done out of an abundance of caution,” Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen said in a statement. “All protocols have been followed for safe transport of the patient and the system is working as intended. There is no danger to the public at large.”
The person was collected by emergency personnel wearing hazmat gear near the intersection of West North Avenue and Maryland Avenue around midday Sunday, according to a police report. Described as severely ill, the person was said to have recently returned from Sierra Leone.
Hopkins spokeswoman Lisa Broadhead refused to say whether a patient showing Ebola-like symptoms was being treated at the hospital. She also declined to say whether the hospital had reported any such treatment to the federal Centers For Disease Control (CDC) or whether the hospital was taking steps to protect staff and patients from potential Ebola exposure.
“Due to patient privacy policies we cannot answer these questions,” Broadhead said. “The safety of our patients, their families, and other visitors to the hospital is our top priority. Broadhead would not say whether Hopkins received a patient Sunday who was said to have recently visited that country, where there were more than 12,000 suspected Ebola cases and about 4,000 deaths from the illness.
Wen, however, confirmed that the patient was being treated in an isolation room at the Hopkins hospital. She said an initial evaluation suggested that the illness was something other than Ebola, but that additional testing was being conducted to confirm that.
originally posted by: damwel
Here's what I get. You get mad because we don't panic when you say, EBOLA. currently it is a nonevent. Ebola has been around for decades. No need to run for the hills screaming!
originally posted by: Ultralight
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
A non story for you. Get it?
I do know about these things, which is why I posted the thread and why, in my OP , I stated it is likely something else.
I am okay with your knowing how to admit people in hospital in another country, so you say, but that is not relevant to this story.
If there is the remotest possibility that Ebola lives in my country (outside of its isolated research facilities)...I want to know.