UPDATE: (3:00 pm) Following the publication of our story, the hospital officials contacted NBC 10 again, saying that the emergency department had never been completely shut down, but they did a "detour check" so that no new patients could get into it Hospital were admitted. They said they had treated patients already in hospital.
MONROE, La. (17.11.19) – According to the Louisiana Office of Public Health, the emergency room at the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport-Monroe Medical Center was closed for several hours Sunday. One patient, who recently traveled outside the US, had flu-like symptoms.
The hospital informed us that they had informed the Louisiana Office of Public Health, passed their emergency protocols, and quickly discovered that Ebola had been ruled out of potential patient problems. Around noon on Sunday, our local intelligence teams were able to see the safety of the hospital, wear masks and turn people away from the hospital's emergency department entrance. The emergency room is now open again and works normally.
There is currently no update of the patient's condition. However, the hospital told NBC 10 that all patients suspected to be ill should continue to be examined and isolated.
Below is the complete statement sent to NBC 10 by the hospital:
Earlier today, Monroe Medical Center received a patient with flu-like symptoms and recently reported on a trip to Africa. However, a reasonable travel history was prepared, and although the patient traveled outside the United States, he was not located in areas of Africa where Ebola occurs.
We immediately notified the relevant authorities including The Louisiana Office of Public Health quickly discovered that our protocols were effective and the risk for Ebola was immediately ruled out.
We commend our team for the swift introduction of our Ebola Protocol, which includes the screening and isolation of patients suspected of having the disease.
There are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola at Monroe Medical Center.  – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – Monroe Medical Center
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