Kentucky: Union College student hospitalized for ‘possible case of an infectious disease’

By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews

Kentucky state health officials and the Barbourville Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) hospital are working closely with the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a “possible case of a disease. infectious. “

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“We want to assure kentuckians that we are aware of a possible infectious disease and are working in collaboration with the local hospital, as well as with local, regional and federal public health authorities to determine not only a possible cause of disease, but also any step that is necessary to be taken to protect the health and well-being of our Community, “said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH). “We do not believe that the community in general is at risk and appropriate protocols were followed in the hospital to avoid exposure to other patients.”

Close contacts of the individual, a Union College student, have been identified and are being monitored.

According to a Facebook post by Union College president Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., We have not been told the identity of the student. Our student undergoes tests to identify a virus. Until now, we know that the student did not contract the Ebola virus, as has been speculated.edited by posts on Facebook, and that is not airborne. In addition, they told me that the student did not travel outside the country during the break.

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Any threat to the general public is being evaluated, but it is believed to be extremely low. The ARH hospital is open for business and receiving patients.

At this time, a diagnosis has not been made since health officials work to complete the necessary medical and laboratory tests described in the infectious disease protocols. DPH says that anyone who experiences signs or symptoms of a viral illness, such as fever, nausea, body aches or lethargy, should seek medical attention immediately.

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