This morning, the League City Police Department notified the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) that a patient at a non-UTMB clinic in League City, who had recently traveled from Africa, was exhibiting symptoms that could be consistent with EbolaVirus Disease (EVD). GCHD Emergency Medical Services transported the patient to UTMB as a precaution. Upon additional screening, UTMB health care workers determined that the patient did not exhibit any signs of EVD and had not traveled to any of the African countries that have had the Ebola epidemic. The GCHD and UTMB have therefore determined that this patient definitively does not have EVD and that there is no risk to Galveston County communities associated with this patient.
UTMB stands at the ready to handle any patients presenting with EVD symptoms. Today’s event reinforced that the Emergency Department, GCHD, and EMS personnel were well-prepared and did an excellent job in what we could consider a good drill.
Dr. David L. Callender