KSDK reports possible Ebola case in Jefferson County

3 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago Thursday, November 20 2014 Nov 20, 2014 Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:05:00 AM CST November 20, 2014 in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

CRYSTAL CITY - St. Louis station KSDK reported Thursday morning doctors a Crystal City hospital are treating a patient for a possible case of Ebola. 

KSDK reported Mercy Jefferson Hospital spokesperson John Winkelman said the man recently returned from West Africa and was admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening.

Winkelman said the patient is isolated in an off-site location. 

KSDK released this statement from Bethany Pope, media relations manager for Mercy Jefferson Hospital:

"Mercy Hospital Jefferson is working in collaboration with the Jefferson County Health Department in the evaluation of a patient who recently returned from West Africa. The patient is considered low risk but we are taking all appropriate safety precautions, using protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is being isolated in a facility separate from the main hospital. A team of specially trained staff members are providing care solely to this patient. Further inquiries are directed to the county health department."

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