Over the weekend, two Florida hospitals were/are in the spotlight as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) captures the attention of the world 7-8 months after Guinea reported deaths from a mystery hemorrhagic fever in February.
In a press release today, Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s Department of Health is working with the federal CDC to test a patient at a local Miami hospital who was screened today for Ebola. It’s important to point out that this patient did not meet the CDC case definition for Ebola, but the test is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and health officials expect the test to rule out Ebola. We are in close communication with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and other local officials and health leaders in Miami-Dade.
“As we announced after our health briefing yesterday, Florida still does not have any confirmed cases of Ebola, and we hope we never do, but we are taking every preparedness step possible to keep our citizens and our visitors safe.”
In Sarasota, a patient admitted with Ebola-like symptoms at Sarasota Memorial Hospital was discharged over the weekend. According to a statement Sunday:
Sarasota Memorial was on high alert for several hours Friday afternoon after the patient who recently traveled here from West Africa came to the emergency department with symptoms similar to Ebola.
As a precaution, Sarasota Memorial activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including placing the patient in isolation and reporting the case to Florida Department of Health officials. After evaluation by emergency medicine and infectious disease specialists, and in consultation with public health officials, it was determined he did not meet the risk criteria for Ebola testing. The patient’s travel itinerary did not include any high-risk Ebola countries.
He was moved out of isolation, treated and discharged after his condition continued to improve on Saturday.