A possible Ebola patient is being treated at a Boston hospital tonight. According to Boston.com, Massachusetts General Hospital released a statement saying that they admitted a patient who is believed to have contracted the deadly virus. The hospital reiterated the fact that the patient’s condition has not been confirmed and that the individual is still undergoing tests to determine whether or not he or she is infected.
“At 2 p.m. today while undergoing routine monitoring by the Boston Public Health Commission, an individual, determined to be a person under investigation for Ebola virus disease, was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation. As you know, the MGH has spent the past several months preparing in the event we should have a patient with suspected Ebola come to the hospital. The individual is now in a specially prepared area within the hospital. Diagnostic testing is under way. Again, a diagnosis of Ebola has not been confirmed.”
“As always, our focus is the health and safety of our patients, their families and our staff members. We want to reassure you that the hospital is safe. Even though it is unconfirmed that the individual has the Ebola virus, we are taking the actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a precaution. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.”
Boston area hospitals have been preparing for something like this for months. However, Boston residents have been freaking out on social media. For many, this hits way too close to home.
Great… Someone in Boston has Ebola.
— Ben Mogavero (@Ben_Mogavero) December 3, 2014
Boston is freaking out about the patient suspected of having Ebola. Planning on exchanging bodily fluids w that person? No? Okay you’re fine
— Vivian Pham (@vivpham_) December 3, 2014
Someone has Ebola in Boston. See you guys in LA.
— Colby (@ChurchillColby) December 3, 2014
— Eric Schilling (@speakkVisually) December 3, 2014
dad: “someone has Ebola symptoms in Boston.” beau: “welcome to Canada.”
— Callie Patteson (@calico_55) December 3, 2014
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there is a new Ebola vaccine being tested that is said to be “safe and effective.” Many hope that the benefits will greatly outweigh the negatives and that health care professionals will be able to find a reliable way to treat Ebola patients.
Updates on the possible Ebola patient in Boston are expected soon.
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