Update on Ebola scare…

By on October 16, 2014



Planet Jackson Hole has received word from the local hospital that the patient who created alarm yesterday with a 911 call for symptoms believed at first to be Ebola was treated for influenza. Authorities at St. John’s Medical Center are fairly certain they are not dealing with a case of Ebola, though no test was conducted to make that confirmation.

“You just can’t test everyone who thinks they have Ebola. It wouldn’t be practical,” said Dr. Lou Hochheiser, CEO of St. John’s.

Hochheiser said the female patient’s condition did not indicate Ebola despite early concerns she may have been at risk for the deadly virus. Early triage at the scene led first responders to believe they were looking at some type of highly infectious disease, possibly Ebola. That information came from the patient herself.

“The patient called and said she was worried she had Ebola because she had been in contact with someone from Africa,” Hochheiser said. “We initially proceeded under that presumption. You don’t get a second chance with this kind of thing.”

After further detailed questioning along guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, hospital authorities ruled out Ebola and treated the patient for flu.


Planet Jackson Hole stands by the post of the original story and the headline. There were no inaccuracies.

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  1. Jim Wilson

    October 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    that was dumb.

  2. hope

    October 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

    If we where all to say we have been in contact with someone from Africa we all would have Ebola. I work at st. Johns and the way you guys portrayed the first artical was outrageous. We all need to understand yes its in the United states and yes a person has dies from it but hey people die from influenza more often than people getting ebola here in the United states. We all just need to relax and keep moving forward. If we where to worry we all wouldnt have a life. Just make it a big effort to wash your hands more and be considerant when you cough

  3. Marianne Z.

    October 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Yes, let’s leave the panic where it belongs, no place at all. Let’s not get sidelined by a media-created frenzy that will keep our eyes on things other than what is really going on in this country. Senate races are coming up shortly and heaven forbid we take a look at issues we DO have control over and that actually exist. Let’s see what other executive orders are being passed behind this panic that WILL be beyond our control once the smoke clears from this current story.

  4. robert

    October 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    If you work at SJMC then you know that they couldn’t be trusted to handle an Ebola outbreak unless it’s a fake one.

    More people have died from the flu than an ISIS member or Al Qaeda. Do we stop fighting them? Ebola gets attention because it takes a greater percentage of those infected than the flu.

    The odds are LOW but not ZERO that Ebola arrives in Jackson. The entire Ebola scare really just points out how unprepared we are as a nation to tackle any issue of this nature.

    Do I expect to see Ebola in Jackson? No.

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