Ebola Risk Minimal In Region
We know there are concerns about the Ebola virus reaching the Quad Cities. Those concerns are understandable. Genesis would like to reassure the public that there are no Ebola virus patients or suspected Ebola virus patients within Genesis Health System or in the Quad Cities.
However, Genesis and other health care providers are being cautious with patients who present with symptoms of a virus. Those patients will be routinely asked if they or anyone in their family has recently traveled outside the U.S. in the past 30 days.
If you are in the hospital during a time when a patient has possible symptoms of a virus and either the patient or someone with close access has traveled outside the U.S. in the past 30 days, you may see health care providers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). That should be no cause for concern. PPE is already used by health care providers assessing a patient and will be used more often by health care providers; again, out of an abundance of caution. The fact that health care providers are wearing PPE during their information gathering and treatment of a patient does not mean the person has anything more than a routine virus seen every day in hospitals and physician offices.
Quad Cities hospitals and the county health departments are actively preparing for the minimal risk that Ebola will be transmitted locally. They are training staff, conducting drills, assessing equipment needs and working together to prepare.
A reminder that Ebola is not transmitted as efficiently as other viruses -- measles for example -- and there remains only minimal risk of Ebola being transmitted to anyone in the Quad Cities.
If you have questions or concerns about Genesis preparations to care for Ebola patients, please call (563) 421-2273 (CARE) and leave us a message with your question or comment. Also leave a number where you can be reached.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. One imported case from Liberia and associated locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States.
Please visit the CDC.gov website for more information on Ebola, including:
Who Can I Call?:
- Illinois Department of Public Health 24-hour Ebola Hotline (800) 889-3931
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (800) 232-4636 (Mon-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
- Genesis Community Care Line (563) 421-2273 (CARE)