It’s extremely unlikely a patient with Ebola will show up in Boston. But if that were to happen, the city is ready to treat that patient and prevent the spread of the disease, according to hospital, city, and EMS officials who spoke at a press briefing Wednesday.
A patient suspected of having Ebola would be isolated in a hospital room and, even before the infection could be confirmed, health officials would start contacting people who might have been exposed.
Hospitals already have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment to keep the disease from being transmitted to medical workers, and they would activate existing plans for dealing with dangerous infectious diseases.
If disease investigators confirmed a case, the Public Health Commission would tell the public, providing minimal information about the patient to protect privacy.
“The coordination among public health, hospital, and public safety in Boston has been a national model for a very long time, and these strong relationships will serve us well if a case of Ebola virus disease is discovered in the city,” said Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, which held the briefing.
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