Dane County leaders develop Ebola response plan
Medical professionals ask patients if they have visited West Africa
MADISON, Wis. — While Dane County Emergency Management leaders emphasize there is an extremely small chance Ebola will hit the area, they are developing a written plan for anyone who could be a first point of contact with anyone who has the virus.
“How do we work together with hospitals, EMS districts, fire, law enforcement? How does everyone get on the same page at the same time?” DCEM spokesperson J. McLelland said.
Along with increasing Ebola response preparedness, medical professionals are asking their patients if they have visited West Africa during routine doctor visits and even while donating blood.
A joint statement, which includes the American Red Cross, explains that while Ebola has never been transmitted through a blood transfusion, their screening process includes looking at someone’s temperature since fever is a primary Ebola symptom.
If the patient’s temperature is more than 99.5 degrees, their blood donation is automatically stopped. While there is not an Ebola blood screening test, the Red Cross and other agencies say donating blood is safe and no one should hesitate giving or receiving it.