Contact: Mary Tyler Spivey
Ebola is still rare in the United States. The key to preventing the spread of the virus is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible.
To help with this effort, Jackson Hospital is following the Ebola screening guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A patient who meets BOTH of the criteria below will be moved IMMEDIATELY to a private room with private bathroom for isolation and testing:
1. Symptoms and signs of Ebola. These include fever; headache; joint and muscle aches; weakness; fatigue; diarrhea; vomiting; stomach pain; lack of appetite; and, in some cases, bleeding.
2. Travel to West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone or other countries where the World Health Organization has reported Ebola transmission) in the 21 days (3 weeks) before symptoms started.
Standard, contact and droplet infection precautions will be followed when assessing, treating and transporting the patient.
In addition, the following persons or organizations will be IMMEDIATELY notified:
• Hospital leadership.
• Local and state public health authorities.
• CDC's Emergency Operations Center.
For the latest information about Ebola, including how the virus is transmitted, as well as signs and symptoms of the disease, visit CDC's Ebola website, www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.