Ebola Jets Busy - Possible Case In NC
| Hello Jeff - The Ebola planes have been busy last week.
N173PA flew to Paris, Shannon Ireland and to the Caribbean's Turks &
Caicos. I know that the patient from Turks & Caicos went to
Ft. Myers, Fla.
Now we hear of a patient in Charlotte, N Carolina who is a Liberian in hospital for an other medical condition and now possibly he has Ebola. He just recently came back from a frequent flyer trip to Liberia.
BTW who is paying for these hospitalizations of foreign people? I am American and cannot afford to go to a hospital.
When is the US and its congress going to get some wisdom when it comes to immigration. Just follow the policy of countries like Iceland.
Carolinas Medical Center treating patient with Ebola-like symptoms
By Karen Garloch
04/28/2015 1:59 PM
Carolinas Medical Center MARK HAMES
A man who recently traveled from Liberia is being treated at Carolinas Medical Center for symptoms similar to those caused by Ebola virus infection, hospital officials said Tuesday. But officials from both the hospital and Mecklenburg County Health Department say it’s unlikely the man has Ebola.
Results of a test to determine whether the patient has Ebola are expected soon, officials said.
“This situation is extremely low risk. We do not really suspect Ebola,” said Dr. Stephen Keener, the Health Department’s medical director. But just in case, he said officials are taking precautions to protect the public.
The patient, who arrived in the United States April 17, has been contacted daily by county health nurses who checked to see if he had developed a temperature or other symptoms.
His fever was detected Monday while he was being treated for a separate medical problem at an outpatient clinic. Dr. Katie Passaretti, medical director for infection prevention at Carolinas HealthCare System, said the patient was immediately isolated and transferred to CMC, where he was also placed in isolation. Those who care for him are wearing protective gear.
To transmit Ebola, a victim must be experiencing symptoms. Since the patient’s fever was detected in a healthcare setting, it’s unlikely the man would have infected others, said Dr. Marcus Plescia, the county’s health director. “He hasn’t been out in the community around a lot of people.”
About 20 health care workers have been in contact with the patient, and they’re being monitored, Passaretti said. But she said they “didn’t have any high-risk exposure to blood and bodily fluids.”
The patient was being treated for an “underlying medical condition” that officials would not disclose. That condition, or one of many other infectious diseases, could be causing the patient’s fever, Passaretti said. She said the patient had “no high-risk exposure in Liberia” that would lead her to believe he contracted Ebola.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has centered on three countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. But since March 22, no new cases have been reported in Liberia.
Since October, Keener said the Health Department has monitored about 150 people who have traveled to Mecklenburg from West Africa. None developed Ebola, but a group of missionaries from SIM USA were quarantined for 21 days on the organization’s south Charlotte campus when they returned from Liberia last summer.
Among them was David Writebol, husband of Nancy Writebol, one of the first two Americans who contracted Ebola. She and Dr. Kent Brantly, also a missionary, were evacuated in August from Liberia to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, where they both recovered. Last month, the Writebols returned to Liberia for a visit, and they plan to return again to continue their mission work.
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