Liberian Lassa Victim
|Hello Jeff - The article states that the man did not
disclose his recent travel history. I wonder if his family is going to
sue this hospital like the family of Thomas Duncan did. Duncan lied
to the hospital on his first trip stating that he had no contact with
anyone in Liberia who had Ebola. We knew that was a lie. Had
he told the truth he might still be alive. Yet, Duncan's family
and the so called finance got a big payday when they sued the hospital
and taxpayers including the CDC.
My guess is the family of this Liberian is going to do the same thing. They will sue the hospital and taxpayers for millions. It is very unfair.The man concealed his travel history and his family should not prosper from the US citizen taxpayers and the US hospital, He was dishonest and does not deserve to have a family make money from this. It probably won't take Al Sharpton long to get to the hospital to protest and demand the family get money. He will pull out the race card and claim the Liberian was not kept at the hospital because he is black. Same ole same ole.
The US hospitals have not seen cases of Lassa Fever or other African and Latin American tropical diseases. Thanks to open borders we will be seeing a lot more foreign disease outbreaks. Sad really.
Hospital Says Man Who Died of Lassa Fever Initially Didn’t Disclose Trip to Africa
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLISMAY 27, 2015
A New Jersey hospital identified itself on Wednesday as the one that released a man on May 18 who later died of a rare disease that he may have contracted in Liberia.
But the hospital, St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, said the man had not told hospital staff of his recent travels until at least three days after he first visited the emergency room — a disclosure that, if made sooner, could have allowed health officials to prevent transmission to others and potentially save him.
The man, who has not been identified, died on Monday night of Lassa fever, a viral disease endemic to West Africa and with symptoms similar to Ebola, but far less deadly. His death, however, exposed shortcomings of a surveillance system set up to monitor diseases like Ebola, one that relies on multiple government agencies as well as the honesty of patients.
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" THE MAN WAS A FREQUENT FLYER TO LIBERIA FOR MINING RELATED BUSINESS. HUM, BLOOD DIAMONDS -ed PD" Jeff, HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WILL TAKE FOR THIS MAN'S FAMILY TO SUE THE HOSPITAL AND AMERICAN TAXPAYERS? i CAN ALMOST HEAR SHARPTON CRYING FOR JUSTICE. ed PD
The man, a 55-year-old from Essex County who frequently traveled to Liberia for mining-related business, landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on May 17. At the airport, he had no symptoms, but he was flagged for Ebola monitoring based on his travel history and questioning by customs officials.
Liberia was declared free of Ebola this month by the World Health Organization, but travelers returning from there are still subject to monitoring in the United States.
He was supposed to take his temperature twice a day and report it to the health department in Newark.
The next day, he went to the St. Barnabas emergency room, complaining of fever, fatigue and a sore throat.
The Ebola monitoring system set up across the country last fall does not require health officials to pass along a list of travelers to local hospitals. But when travelers are flagged at the airport, they are given a card that they are supposed to show to doctors and hospitals, which indicates that they are being monitored for Ebola.
“This person has recently returned from a country that has an Ebola outbreak,” the card, labeled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says.
It instructs health care providers to put the patient in a private room with a private bathroom and to notify the local health department.
But the man apparently did not show such a card to health care workers at St. Barnabas when he first appeared there.
And although he had just returned from Liberia, St. Barnabas said in a statement, “this individual did not disclose recent international travel when asked by staff.”
The hospital released him that day, and over the next couple of days, he reported to Newark health officials that his temperature was normal, a possibility with Lassa fever, whose symptoms can sometimes recede and return.
But last Thursday, according to the hospital, he returned to St. Barnabas, and was admitted.
“During that admission, he disclosed recent travel to Liberia,” the hospital statement said.
Newark health officials learned of his admission the next day — not through the hospital but through a representative of the patient, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was still being investigated.
David Lippman, a spokesman for the City of Newark, declined to comment on the case, except to say the city was investigating.
On Saturday, the man was transferred to University Hospital in Newark, one of New Jersey’s facilities designated for handling Ebola cases. A blood test was performed, and it came back negative for Ebola but positive for Lassa fever, a disease that kills about 1 percent of patients, compared with 70 percent for Ebola.
The man died on Monday night.
State and federal officials said they expected to monitor a number of people who had contact with the man, including relatives and health care workers, for signs of Lassa fever. Health officials said New Jersey had been through a similar situation in 2004, when a man died of Lassa fever in a Trenton hospital. One hundred eighty-eight people were monitored, none of whom received a diagnosis of the contagion.
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