Ebola concern false alarm at Palisades Medical Center


A patient came into Palisades Medical Center late Sunday night exhibiting some of the symptoms of Ebola and medical personnel went into immediate alert to check for the disease.

“We’re doing this not only as a precaution but as a drill,” says Eurice Rojas, vice president of external affairs for the North Bergen hospital. “But there is really such a low risk associated with this person because there’s no real connection with anything indicating that they would have Ebola.”

The patient has not traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea or any other West African countries stricken by the outbreak.

Rojas says there will be more of these incidents as we enter the flu season.

But health officials have repeatedly said Ebola is not spread through the air, by water or through food.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the virus is only spread through contact with bodily fluids — blood, feces and vomit.

Jillian Risberg, HCTV