10:03am Sunday 15 December 2019

Dallas patient with Ebola virus disease will be transferred to Emory University Hospital

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Resources specifically requested that the patient be transferred to Emory Healthcare.

The patient will be treated in the same isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in which three patients have already been treated. The first two patients were discharged in late August and a third patient is still being treated.

Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has no additional information regarding this patient.

UPDATE:  The following statement is in reference to Emory’s third patient with Ebola virus disease who arrived at Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9:

Emory University Hospital, part of Emory Healthcare, currently is caring for a third patient with Ebola virus disease who arrived at the hospital on Sept. 9.  Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has provided no information regarding the status of the patient.

Given the current national news regarding the diagnosis of Ebola virus disease in health care workers, the patient has requested that we release the following statement, but continue to maintain anonymity:

Statement From Emory University Hospital Patient Recovering From Ebola

“Given the national focus on Ebola, particularly with the diagnosis in two health care workers, I want to share the news that I am recovering from this disease, and that I anticipate being discharged very soon, free from the Ebola virus and able to return safely to my family and to my community. 

As a result of the virus, my condition worsened and I became critically ill soon after I arrived at Emory. Through rigorous medical treatment, skillful nursing, and the full support of a healthcare team, I am well on the way to a full recovery. I want the public to know that although Ebola is a serious, complex disease, it is possible to recover and return to a healthy life. I wish to retain my anonymity for now, but I anticipate sharing more information in future weeks as I complete my recovery.” 

About the Emory University Hospital Isolation Unit:

Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provides a high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient.

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