Update on Ebola scare…

By on October 16, 2014



Planet Jackson Hole has received word from the local hospital that the patient who created alarm yesterday with a 911 call for symptoms believed at first to be Ebola was treated for influenza. Authorities at St. John’s Medical Center are fairly certain they are not dealing with a case of Ebola, though no test was conducted to make that confirmation.

“You just can’t test everyone who thinks they have Ebola. It wouldn’t be practical,” said Dr. Lou Hochheiser, CEO of St. John’s.

Hochheiser said the female patient’s condition did not indicate Ebola despite early concerns she may have been at risk for the deadly virus. Early triage at the scene led first responders to believe they were looking at some type of highly infectious disease, possibly Ebola. That information came from the patient herself.

“The patient called and said she was worried she had Ebola because she had been in contact with someone from Africa,” Hochheiser said. “We initially proceeded under that presumption. You don’t get a second chance with this kind of thing.”

After further detailed questioning along guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, hospital authorities ruled out Ebola and treated the patient for flu.


Planet Jackson Hole stands by the post of the original story and the headline. There were no inaccuracies.

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