Columbia emergency crews respond to ebola scare

3 years 6 months 1 week ago Wednesday, November 12 2014 Nov 12, 2014 Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:09:00 PM CST November 12, 2014 in News
By: Michael Doudna, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - There is no case of Ebola in Columbia, but emergency responders brought out emergency protocol Wednesday afternoon.

The response came after responders visited a seriously ill man around 3:40 p.m just off of Broadway and Highway 63. 

The man recently moved to mid-Missouri from Africa and did not speak any English. This prompted responders to initiate emergency protocol.

Authorities in Hazmat suits handled the victim, even after a translator confirmed he was from a country which did not have Ebola. 

Authorities then downgraded the situation, and the victim was taken to a local hospital.

Columbia Battalion Chief John Metz said the response was a great test of emergency protocol. Metz said he was very proud of the response, and it showed that the training between the different departments paid off. 

The scare comes just a day after the United States was declared Ebola-free. 

 

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