Nine people in Birmingham being monitored after possible Ebola exposure
UPDATED 10:37 PM CDT Aug 04, 2015
A patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms was admitted to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital Tuesday night, and multiple Birmingham rescue workers and civilians are being quarantined after coming into contact with that patient.
Officials said the patient is considered “at low risk” for having the disease, but multiple agencies are taking necessary precautions.
“We had a situation today in which somebody who had recently traveled to a country where there are still some active cases of Ebola had been returned to the U.S. and was undergoing routine monitoring,” Jefferson County Medical Director Edward Khan said. “This person would fit into our low-risk category, meaning they did not come into contact with any known Ebola cases while over there, and they didn’t participate in any high-risk activities such as burial ceremonies or health care work.”
Two family members of the initial patient are “in isolation” inside their home at 1612 17th Street SW, where they will be kept until tomorrow, Birmingham police Lt. Joe Roberts said.
Additionally, four Birmingham emergency responders are being quarantined outside the home. Roberts said the firefighters will be transported later Tuesday night to a “secure facility inside the (Birmingham) city limits,” where they will remain overnight for monitoring.
The area around the home has been completely closed to traffic.
At the hospital Tuesday night, multiple emergency vehicles, including Birmingham Fire Department’s decontamination unit, were stationed near the UAB Hospital emergency room entrance on the 500 block of 19th Street South, which remained completely closed to traffic for about an hour.
The Emergency Management Agency and Centers for Disease Control have been advised of the situation, according to officials.
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