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Ebola Kentucky ?
Has Ebola Virus Outbreak Started in Kentucky ?
January 15, 2020
A Union College athlete has been hospitalized and quarantined, for Ebola Virus hemorrhagic fever.
Staff at Barbourville ARH issued the quarantine shortly after the student came in for a physical.
Dr. Joshua Kadetz of Barbourville ARH stated in an interview with WRIL that the student was quarantined with a hemorrhagic fever.
He had not left the country over winter break, but he did have family members visit him from overseas.
WRIL has been told by Dr. Kadetz that a blood sample has been sent to the Atlanta CDC labs – via a hazmat crew – for testing to determine what type of virus has caused the illness.
As of 4:30pm no determination has been made.
Hospital doctors and nurses who treated the patient are being monitored.
The emergency room at the hospital is still operating normally.
“I have been notified by the Health Department that one of our Union College students is currently in isolation at ARH.
We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our campus community.
We have not been told the identity of the student,” reads a statement issued on behalf of Marcia Hawkins the president of the college.
Union College Senior Director of Communications Maisie Nelson said, “Union College was notified by officials at Barbourville ARH that a student is currently in the emergency room under quarantine.
After the Union College statement, a statement was released by Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s Melissa Cornett saying, “ARH can confirm that the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a possible infectious disease currently being treated at Barbourville ARH Hospital.
In a telephone interview with Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3FM WRIL radio, Barbourville ARH Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Joshua Kadetz,
“We do have a young male, can’t release his name, he is in quarantine here with a potential hemorrhagic fever,” Kadetz confirmed.
When asked how the student became infected, he explained “Through history obtained, he didn’t go out of the country, but he had relatives that visited from West Africa approximately three weeks ago with a potential exposure.”
As for the potential of more individuals having been exposed, Kadetz replied, “No, we are confident that this is only transmitted by blood products or bodily secretions and is not airborne.
Some employees did come in contact and we’re monitoring them closely, and everyone is presently healthy right now.
The patient will probably be transferred down to Atlanta, Georgia.”
According to Kadetz, the infected male was contained to a negative pressure room for the purpose of quarantine.
In a statement from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, officials stated “We want to assure Kentuckians we are aware of a potential infectious disease and are working collaboratively with the local hospital as well as local, regional, and federal public health authorities to determine not only a possible cause of illness, but any steps that need to be taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our Commonwealth,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Angela Dearinger.
Another statement released later Tuesday by Dr. Hawkins read in part, “I have been notified by the Health Department that one of our Union College students is currently in isolation at ARH.
We have been informed that there is no immediate risk to the public. However, we will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our campus community. We have not been told the identity of the student.”
Kadetz confirmed following his interview that the virus has not yet been identified, and the hospital would be sending bloodwork by a special hazmat carrier to be tested by the CDC in Atlanta.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health added, “Anyone experiencing signs or symptoms of a viral illness, including fever, nausea, body aches, or lethargy, is encouraged to seek health care immediately.”
Correspondence with the CDC was not returned as of press time Wednesday.
Ebola Kentucky ?
Ebola Kentucky ?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A student at Union College was hospitalized Tuesday under quarantine after contracting an unknown illness.
That’s according to reports from Kentucky radio station WRIL.
A college spokesperson sent the following statement to the station via email: “In an effort to be as transparent as possible, I did want to update you regarding this morning(‘s) rumors.
This afternoon, Union College was notified by officials at Barbourville ARH that a student is currently in the emergency room under quarantine.
An airborne illness has been ruled out by officials.”
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are on the scene, according to LEX 18.
The hospital confirmed that there is a situation, but said the hospital is operating normally.
“ARH can confirm that the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a possible infectious disease currently being treated at Barbourville ARH Hospital. Contrary to rumor, Barbourville ARH is open and seeing patients as normal,” the statement said.