>Barstow patient cleared, released after complaining of Ebola symptoms

 

  • JOSE QUINTERO
    STAFF WRITER
    Posted Oct. 9, 2014 @ 12:01 pm
    Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    BARSTOW — Hospital officials said a person claiming to have Ebola symptoms did not actually have the virus and was released from Barstow Community Hospital on Thursday morning.

    BCH spokesman John Rader on Thursday dispelled rumors circulating in the community of Ebola making its way to Barstow. Rader said the patient was given a thorough review of presenting symptoms, risk factors and test results after complaining of Ebola symptoms at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

    Rader said the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined the patient did not require further testing for the deadly virus and discharged the person Thursday morning.

    Rader said he could not provide any details about the patient due to health care privacy laws.

    He added that Barstow residents should not have any concerns of the virus at BCH. Rader said if any patient feels they are experiencing symptoms of the virus, they should immediately seek health care. BCH will screen every concerned patient and take every precaution needed as if the patient is infected until the virus is ruled out.

    “The hospital appreciates the fast response of public health authorities and we are pleased that our staff and processes worked (including immediate patient isolation and the use of personal protective equipment for staff) to appropriately assess the patient’s condition while keeping staff and other patients safe,” Rader wrote in a statement. “We remain alert and ready to provide care to any and all patients presenting to our hospital.”

    Fears and concerns over Ebola have spread worldwide this month, and county public health officials are on alert signs of the virus. On Wednesday, a Dallas resident Thomas Eric Duncan died after being hospitalized for over a week. Duncan was admitted three days after he sought care in Texas Sept. 25.

    Officials say people who are infected with Ebola can start showing symptoms of the virus eight to 10 days after exposure.

    Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @DD_JQuintero.