Updated Jan. 30, 2015 10:15 a.m.

 

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Latest information: Patient at UC Davis Medical Center has tested negative for Ebola news release posted 1/30/2015

UC Davis Health System is prepared to safely screen, isolate and care for potential Ebola patients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or "CDC," the nation's health protection agency) has identified UC Davis Medical Center as one of the select U.S. hospitals designated as an Ebola treatment center.

UC Davis Health System has assembled a special Ebola preparedness task force to develop our coordinated strategy and protocols. Our health-care providers and support staff are well-equipped and trained to safely handle cases.

UC Davis Medical Center was chosen as an Ebola treatment center because of the infection prevention expertise of UC Davis physicians and nurses, and demonstrated ability to develop and implement comprehensive Ebola treatment protocols quickly the result of months of preparation and training

All UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Medical Group operations are currently running normally, but with heightened awareness. Ebola-related safety precautions are put in place as deemed necessary by our infection-prevention experts. There is absolutely no reason for patients and visitors to be concerned about their own safety. The protection of our patients, visitors and staff is our top priority.

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Ebola screening sign
You may see signs like this when visiting UC Davis Medical Center. The signs and instructions are part of infection-prevention precautions related to the Ebola virus. For a larger version, click here.


Screening information: Please report these symptoms

To help prevent the spread of infectious disease, UC Davis Health System asks patients and visitors meeting the below criteria to check in with us before entering UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics, the emergency room at UC Davis Medical Center, or any other UC Davis health clinic:

IF IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS YOU:

  • Traveled to West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or other countries where Ebola is present, OR
  • Had close contact with someone who recently traveled to West Africa and was ill

AND IF YOU HAVE HAD A FEVER or headache, joint and muscle aches, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain.

THEN:

  • If you are visiting a UC Davis primary care doctor or any other UC Davis health clinic, please call ahead to that clinic and ask for instructions.
  • If you are visiting the UC Davis Medical Center emergency room, please report your symptoms to a uniformed security officer immediately.

Our staff will help show you how to seek medical care from us. For example, we may ask some patients or visitors to report to a specific place, to put on a mask or other protective clothing, or to remain separated from others. This is a normal precautionary response to prevent the possible transmission of infectious disease.

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Background information

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is considered the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. While the threat of Ebola within the entire United States is considered unlikely, the CDC and its partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus here.

Infectious-disease experts from UC Davis Medical Center work closely with federal, state and local officials to monitor and prevent the transmission of Ebola. Sacramento County's public health department — working in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC — is the Sacramento area’s lead government agency for Ebola response, including coordination with UC Davis Medical Center and other area hospitals.

Ensuring the quality care of our patients, and the protection of our staff and the broader community, are the highest priorities at UC Davis Health System and UC Davis Medical Center.

Federal authorities monitoring the disease are in touch with UC Davis experts on a regular basis to discuss the evolution of the outbreak. We are prepared to coordinate efforts and respond quickly to potential exposures in the Sacramento area. We have also taken extra effort to reinforce our team’s training and test our response systems to make sure that the risk of Ebola in our community remains minimal. We will make adjustments as conditions warrant and in concert with guidance from the CDC and partners.

As a major level I referral center, UC Davis Medical Center routinely cares for very sick patients with infectious diseases. Medical center staff also play an active and ongoing role in protecting the community from infectious diseases and outbreaks. UC Davis experts work closely with federal and state authorities on infectious disease planning, surveillance, and hospital infection-control preparedness.

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Updated Jan. 29, 2015