The Tulsa Health Department (THD) has announced that they are monitoring a possible Ebola patient at an Oklahoma hospital.
According to KFOR, the department says that the person has recently traveled to West Africa and has now developed a fever. However, health officials stress the fact that the person did not provide care for or have any contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus and has a very low risk of infection, based on CDC standards.
Per the official Tulsa Health Department statement, the person was already being monitored for a 21 day surveillance period by the department when the fever was reported.
"THD staff has been in contact with the person daily over the 21 day surveillance period to monitor for symptoms and report their measured body temperature, as recommended by the OSDH and CDC's guidance of active monitoring of low risk individuals. The individual informed health officials late this evening that they had developed a fever. THD officials immediately implemented an isolation and evaluation plan in conjunction with the Regional Medical Response System following appropriate protocols to limit exposure. The individual was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation."The THD also provides some assurance to the public and state of Oklahoma at large that a plan has already been implemented under a "unified incident command system" to ensure that efforts are coordinated across the board.
"THD has been working closely with OSDH, Oklahoma City-County Health Department and other statewide partners under a unified incident command system to ensure a coordinated response among public health officials, first responders, law enforcement, hospitals, and community leaders."