Right now, a patient is being cared for and tested for Ebola at the UC Davis Medical Center in California, U.S. The information was released to the public today by the Medical Center’s spokesperson, Dorsey Griffith.
The patient was coming from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. He was transferred to the UC Davis Medical Center simply because the medical center is a priority hospital for treating and evaluating those who might have the virus. The spokesperson for the US Davis Medical stated that the patient is in good condition.
The members of the hospital who are treating the patient suspect of having Ebola at the UC Davis Medical Center have volunteered to do so. The medical center is one of the few hospitals in the U.S. that are equipped to handle an Ebola case.
Bonnie Castillo, spokesperson for the California’s Nurses Association, revealed that the nurses volunteered to treat the patient and are all feeling competent and comfortable in providing care for the Ebola suspect.
The patient is now in isolation and the visitors and medical center patients are at no risk whatsoever. California approved the strictest Ebola guidelines in the United States last November and right now the Ebola protocol is in full effect at US Davis Medical Center.
The Ebola tests results are still pending as it usually takes around 48 hours for the samples to be analyzed.
The doctors from the UC Davis Medical Center are communicating with the state public health officials and with the CDC regarding the patient treated for Ebola at the US Davis Medical Center.
The current Ebola outbreak in Africa is the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. According to the Centers of Disease Control, Ebola is only transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids or blood of a person who is infected or with the virus or has died of it. If broken skin, the eyes, nose or mouth come in contact with contaminated individuals or objects, such as needles or bed sheets, then there is a high chance to catch the infectious deadly disease. The Ebola virus does not spread through water and air.
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