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Murrells Inlet hospital takes precaution against Ebola virus

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Waccamaw Community Hospital practiced CDC protocols when a patient who had recently traveled to South Africa arrived with symptoms of fever and body aches.

Officials determined the patient was not at risk for Ebola, according to the Georgetown Hospital System.

“Although no Ebola cases have been documented in South Africa, hospital officials immediately notified the CDC and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control out of an abundance of caution,” officials said in a statement.

According to the hospital, its “staff followed CDC protocols for isolation and the use of personal protective equipment. After consultation with hospital officials, DHEC and CDC officials determined the patient was not at risk for Ebola. We commend our clinicians for their professional response and commitment to the individual's care.”

When asked if the hospital was placed under lockdown, as protocol, at any time during the incident, hospital officials responded, "Out of an abundance of caution, the ER briefly went on ambulance diversion while the patient was evaluated. The ER is no longer on diversion."

When asked if the patient was tested for the Ebola virus, hospital officials responded, "CDC officials advised that a blood specimen should not be sent for testing because the patient was deemed to be at low risk for Ebola."

WMBF News reached out to DHEC in regards to the incident.

“At this time, DHEC has not confirmed nor suspected cases of Ebola in SC,” said Jim Beasley, spokesperson with the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control.

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