A female visitor to the Cayman Islands taken to Government Hospital this morning does not meet the criteria for the Ebola virus.
Emergency Medical Services were called to a house in East End early Monday, 27 October, 2014, for a female patient experiencing symptoms of fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness and sweating. Health Services Authority care givers are treating the patient for gastroenteritis.
“The measures we took were precautionary,” said Minister of Health Hon. Osbourne Bodden. “We took every precaution in our response to this report. The symptoms did not mean that this individual had the Ebola virus. Those are symptoms that can be related to a number of things. We enacted the precautionary measures the Government and the Health Services Authority have in place. Public safety is and will continue to be our primary goal.”
EMS responders complied with protocol to pick up the patient and protect themselves in the event.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) said Monday morning that the patient’s travel history did not meet the criteria to be indicative of Ebola. She traveled nine days ago from New York City. The patient has indicated to medical staff that she had not travelled outside of the New York area before arriving in Cayman.
HSA has two certified staff on board to deal with Ebola.
While Ebola concerns have become an international issues, the Cayman Islands Government has a history of not only overseeing local precautions, but the Public Health Department, on behalf of Government, routinely communicates with international agencies such the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health England.
Should the Ebola virus reach the Cayman Islands, these organisations have promised technical assistance with regards to the deployment of human resources and supplies.
SOURCE: Click here to view original release from the Cayman Island Ministry of Health, Youth, Sports & Culture