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Health officials allay Ebola fears at KPH

Published:Saturday | December 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HEALTH OFFICIALS rushed yesterday to allay fears that a patient was being treated for the deadly Ebola virus at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) dismissed media reports that the hospital was treating a patient who had symptoms of the disease.

According to SERHA, "An individual was brought to the Accident and Emergency Department at the KPH for treatment after complaining of feeling ill. The patient was screened and then taken to the isolation area in the hospital as is done routinely for anyone who is suspected of having any infectious disease.

"The health team donned protective gear in accordance with the established universal protocol for medical evaluation of patients displaying symptoms similar to an infectious disease."

SERHA pointed out that the patient had no travel history or any contact with persons from any of the Ebola-affected countries.

It said the patient was treated and released.