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Minnesota Ebola centers identified

An update this week from Carlton County Health and Human Services announced that the Minnesota Hospital Association has identified four hospitals that would treat an Ebola-identified person:

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, West Bank Campus, Minneapolis

  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, Saint Marys Campus

  • Allina Health’s Unity Hospital, Fridley

  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul campus   

Under this plan, all hospitals in the state will continue to be prepared to detect, isolate and initially care for suspected Ebola patients.

More information can be found at: www.mnhospitals.org/newsroom/news/id/326/minnesota-hospitals-identify-st....

In addition, Minnesota has developed a framework for monitoring the health of residents traveling from one of the West African countries affected by Ebloa. The framework is outlined at www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2014/ebola102714.html.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has begun contacting individuals identified through the airport screeningprocess and MDH’s monitoring guidelines are consistent with CDC recommendations for active monitoring. CDC’s recommendations can be found at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/exposure/monitoring-and-movement-of-persons-with-e....

All residents are reminded that the Minnesota Department of Health’s Public Information Line remains open at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

As a reminder, said Meaghan Conditt of Carlton County Health and Human Services, “We are now in influenza season, and while both Ebola and influenza may have a symptom of fever, other symptoms are quite different:

  • Influenza is a respiratory virus, which exhibits a cough and/or sore throat and body aches.

  • Ebola has gastrointestinal (stomach) symptoms such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. As a reminder, Ebola can only be contracted from contact with blood or other bodily fluids of someone who is infected.”

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, as well as local health care facilities, have stocked up on influenza vaccines in preparation for this year’s flu season, which Conditt said is the best defense against contracting or spreading influenza.

“If you or a loved one becomes ill with any of the above influenza symptoms, please contact your primary care provider,” she urged.

For accurate and up-to-date information on Ebola, visit the following websites: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ or www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/vhf/index.html.

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