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Baptist Health Explains Ebola Alert sign on Powderly Clinic Door 


 

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (10/16/2014) – Recently, KenCo News received a number of phone calls from local citizens expressing fear that the Ebola Virus that has reached a considerable amount of publicity of late might be in the Western Kentucky area. The source of this was multiple medical locations throughout the area with Flyers up with the words “Ebola Alert”.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, Reporters spoke with Kristy Quinn, the Baptist Health Director of Marketing and Public Relations, regarding what the true meaning of these flyers were.

“These are for awareness,” said Ms. Quinn. “They are for patients as they enter the clinic, just in case they have been to an African country or are experiencing symptoms associated with Ebola. It is to make them aware of the symptoms so they can tell our staff instead of merely sitting in the waiting area with other patients.”

Quinn added that another purpose of the flyers, as some went into details regarding symptoms, was staff awareness.

Quinn stated that there were no cases of Ebola in the state of Kentucky that anyone was currently aware of.

Officials stated that the alert is a world-wide status, as issued by the World Health Organization.

Quinn also stated, “We are in constant communication with the Center for Disease Control and are training our staff to look for signs of Ebola symptoms, to ask the right questions of patients with Ebola symptoms and follow the correct CDC guidelines in treatment. We are doing all we can to educate our staff as well as the public.”

For the purpose of informing the public of the signs of Ebola, one of the various flyers issued by Baptist Health on the inner door of the Powderly Clinic states the following…

ATTENTION ALL PATIENTS

If you:

* Live in or have traveled to an area where the Ebola virus is active, including the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, within the past 21 days before the onset of symptoms

-OR-

* Have had contact with anyone who has traveled to the West African endemic areas within the past 21 days, or who is known or suspected to have Ebola

-OR-

Have come into contact with blood, other body fluids or the human remains of a patient known to have or suspected to have Ebola

-OR-

Have handled bats, rodents, or primates from disease-endemic areas

AND HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

• Fever greater than 101.5 degrees F or 38.6 C
• Severe Headache
• Muscle Pain
• Weakness
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Abdominal (stomach) pain
• Lack of Appetite


Please contact the healthcare Staff
IMMEDIATELY


Information provided by Kristy Quinn (Baptist Health)
Posted by J.L. Graham
KenCo News
www.kycountynews.com