Area Hospital Says It's Ready If It Encounters A Patient With Ebola

Area Hospital Says It's Ready If It Encounters A Patient With Ebola

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An infectious disease specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center says that facility is prepared if a patient should come in with symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus.

Dr. John Treanor says while Rochester is not a typical destination for travelers from West Africa, where there is an Ebola epidemic, the hospital is ready.

Treanor believes medical professionals all across the country have learned from the reported breakdown in communication at a Dallas hospital, where an Ebola patient was initially sent away before his illness was confirmed.

"I suspect that what you'll be seeing is health care providers asking questions about travel multiple times, so that it won't just be something that comes up when people get triaged at the front desk. It's going to be something that everyone is going to be asking people with acute febrile illnesses multiple times during their evaluation."

Treanor  says the CDC has been preparing medical facilities across the country in case a patient presents with symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus. He says  anyone who has a high fever would be questioned multiple times about their recent travel history.

"Rochester is not a typical destination for travelers from Western Africa, so we would not be on the top of a list of places that might see somebody coming from an affected country, but you never know, it might happen, and so we have to be prepared."

Dr. Treanor is urging people to not become alarmed when they hear reports that there is now an Ebola patient in the U.S.

"There will be additional cases imported in the U.S., without a doubt. And it's not going to spread inside this country. I think hospitals are ready to take reasonable precautions and our health care system will be able do deal with this, is my belief."

Treanor said if a patient came into the UR Medical Center with a fever, they would be questioned multiple times about their recent travel history.

The Regional Director for EMS in Monroe and Livingston Counties has also updated an Ebola advisory for all area health care workers.

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