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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:18 pm 
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NM Department of Health working with CDC to rule out Ebola in patient
Created: 08/17/2014 3:27 PM
By: KOB.com Web Staff

The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform tests to rule out Ebola in a woman who developed a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fever.

According to The New Mexico Department of Health, the 30-year-old woman recently visited Sierra Leone, Africa and returned to the United States earlier this month. Sierra Leone is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola.

The woman is currently at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque in stable condition. At this time the patient is not a probable case, but a person under investigation with no known exposures.

“UNM Hospital has isolated the patient, and is following the appropriate protocols to ensure other patients and health care workers are safe,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, in a press release Sunday.

According to the CDC, Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population. A person infected with Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear. The virus is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola and is not spread through the air or by food or water.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:19 pm 
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Health Dept. working with CDC to rule out Ebola in patient
Woman hospitalized after vising Sierra Leone, Africa
4:37 PM MDT Aug 17, 2014

The woman is at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque in stable condition.

The woman had been in Sierra Leone, Africa, and left earlier this month.

Leone is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola.

The woman was a teacher and had no known exposures to Ebola.

At this time the patient is not a probable case, but a person under investigation with no known exposures

“The Department of Health is working closely with UNM Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation,” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH, said. “UNM Hospital has isolated the patient, and is following the appropriate protocols to ensure other patients and health care workers are safe.”

According to the CDC, Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population.

A person infected with Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear.

The virus is spread through direct contact -- broken skin or mucous membranes -- with the body fluids, such as blood, urine, feces, saliva, and other secretions, of a person who is sick with Ebola.

Ebola is not spread through the air or by food or water.

As of Aug. 13 no confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in the United States, other than the two U.S. health workers evacuated from Liberia.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:21 pm 
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Health Department, CDC testing New Mexico woman for Ebola
By Ryan Boetel / Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are performing tests to determine if a 30-year-old New Mexico woman has Ebola.

The woman returned earlier this month from Sierra Leone, which is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola.

The woman has sore throat, head ache, muscle aches and fever and is in stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital.

She had no known exposure to Ebola and health department officials said the tests are being done “out of an abundance of caution.”

“The Department of Health is working closely with UNM Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation,” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, said in a news release. “UNM Hospital has isolated the patient, and is following the appropriate protocols to ensure other patients and health care workers are safe.”

Health officials said Ebola is not a substantial risk to the U.S. The virus is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola. The virus is not spear through food, air or water.

The only confirmed cases of Ebola in America are two health care workers who got the virus in Liberia and are being treated in America.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:35 pm 
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Officials investigate possible Ebola case in U.S.

Officials investigate possible Ebola case in U.S.Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:49 AM CDTUpdated: Aug 18, 2014 11:49 AM CDT

By NBC News

There's a possible case of Ebola in the United States.

Doctors aren't sure if the patient has the virus, but they're not taking any changes.

"Because she does have some of these generalized signs and symptoms, we want to be unduly cautious," said Dr. Joan Baumbach with the New Mexico Department of Health.

On a day like today, Baumbach springs into action as the the state's deputy epidemiologist.

"I honestly believe that the public is not at risk, that we're taking every precaution necessary and anything we learn of any concern to the public, we will be relaying immediately," Baumbach said.

She said a Bernalillo County woman returned from Sierra Leone Aug. 4.

On Saturday, that woman checked herself into University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

Officials say she's in isolation, with hospital staff following strict guidelines.

"They wear gowns, gloves, face masks, in addition to eye protection," said Meghan Brett an epidemiologist with UNM Hospital.

She said extreme caution is being taken.

CDC and state health officials say the patient's symptoms do not rise to what would be considered a probable case, but some of Ebola's most basic symptoms are there.

"She's absolutely being managed as if she might," Baumbach said.

She said the woman does not believe she was in contact with anyone who has the virus. Transmission is difficult.

"People really need to have those bodily fluids enter their own bodies directly, through touching it or by other means of very direct contact," Baumbach said.

Blood samples from the woman are being collected and will be shipped to the CDC in Atlanta.

Baumbach expects to have preliminary results back by the end of the week.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:23 am 
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I read this earlier today, the thing that makes this interesting is that this story leaked out to a few patients and visitors of that hospital that a possible Ebola patient is in isolation there. They were angered that the Hospital did not warn them of that fact. This brings to the forefront the Health Information Protection and Privacy act, also known as HIPPA. What HIPPA means is that none of us really have any right to KNOW how many travelers from Africa have been admitted to U.S. hospitals as suspected Ebola cases. The CDC has to know, but HIPPA laws require all health care workers to keep quiet about any patient in ANY hospital. We can be fired for letting any information out. It's been this way for years. A hospital can be sued for revealing health information about a patient. So they keep quiet. Even if they don't disclose the patient's name, the fact that the information can leak out, is enough to make them keep it quiet. Most charting is done by computers, so the hospital has no problem knowing WHICH healthcare workers logged on and looked at a patient's chart, we ALL have log in passwords for that reason. If you are not involved with that patient, and you looked at that chart.... you can be terminated. HIPPA Violations are something every healthcare worker takes VERY seriously. Privacy is paramount. But Now.... citizens are saying WE have a RIGHT to KNOW! They want to KNOW if their child or loved one is in a hospital where Ebola is being treated! It's a huge dilemma.

One that will be addressed over and over.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:13 am 
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For the record, as a healthcare worker, I'm always interested in viruses, but not highly concerned at this point. I do think that hospitals are leaving it up to us to educate ourselves. Nobody in infection control has approached us with any kind of information, much less a plan. The upper management roll their eyes at us when we inquire about it. That's whose got your back. For a large hospital right outside of Atlanta, a short hop from an international airport, , that's not saying much

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