Boston hospital EVACUATED after patient who recently traveled to Liberia started showing Ebola symptoms
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Center in Braintree was evacuated this afternoon
- Patient who recently traveled to West Africa complained of symptoms
- ‘Ebola protocol is in place,’ said Joe Zanca of Braintree Fire
- Police, fire officials, emergency services and hazmat team responded
A Boston hospital was evacuated today and a patient isolated with a possible case of the virus after a patient began to complain of headaches and muscle aches.
According to officials, Harvard Vanguard Medical Center in Braintree was cleared this afternoon after a patient who recently traveled to Liberia last week began to complain of symptoms related to the illness.
The man is now being isolated based on his medical complaints, fire officials said.
‘Out of an abundance of caution we immediately notified authorities and the patient was securely removed from the building and put into an ambulance now headed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,’ Ben Kruskal, chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, said in a statement.
‘The building was closed briefly but has now re-opened,’ the statement said. ‘We are working closely with the Department of Public Health who will determine next steps.’
A middle-aged man wearing a surgical mask and sitting upright on a stretcher was seen being wheeled to a waiting ambulance, reports the Boston Globe.
‘Ebola protocol is in place,’ said Joe Zanca of Braintree Fire.