Ebola quarantine process explained

By Dana Griffin

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WARWICK, RI-If a person walks into Kent Hospital- feeling they may have been exposed to the Ebola virus- there are questions doctors ask before a person is quarantined.

Travel history from western Africa within the last 21 days, symptoms and fever are the most important.

“Do you have a fever for example: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness etc.” said Kent Hospital chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Peter Graves.

After gathering information the patient is immediately moved to an isolation room and care providers suit up.

“For example we have a face cap, face shield, goggles, face mask and a fluid–impermeable gown to protect against any sort of fluid exposure,” said Graves.

Doctors say unless you’ve been in direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids like blood or vomit, the risk of getting Ebola is very slim.

Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. David Lowe said, “People who should be concerned and who should be trained properly are caregivers. General public doesn’t have to worry about it. The only reason why the general public in Liberia gets it is because they don’t have the same health care system to isolate these people.”

The last time there was concern for widespread infectious disease was a few years ago when H1N1 spread.

“Frankly that was a more scary virus if you will– because it was caused by respiratory droplets– much more easily transmissible than what we know Ebola virus to be,” said Graves.

Doctors monitor the patients, provide fluids, oxygen and replace blood if needed.

Rhode Island‘s Ashoka Mukpo is now being treated with an experimental drug in Nebraska.

Mukpo’s doctors are confident he will fully recover.

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