“This is a patient who left Sierra Leone on October 8. He arrived in Madrid via Brussels on 9 and 12 October Tenerife. Today he called the hospital saying he had a fever, namely 37.7 degrees, and sore throat. a further 2 people, which cohabited with the patient are also under observation. We have 3 isolation rooms and 143 people working on this case”
The Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Bridget Mendoza, this afternoon activated the protocol for Ebola. The patient, a man, who came from Sierra Leone with a fever and sore throat. Although the clinical picture at the moment is not serious, “the patient is considered at risk because it was in Sierra Leone and he had contacts.”
Both Mendoza as Reyes explained that the no personal details will be made public at the moment until the result of the test.
“This is a patient who left Sierra Leone on October 8. He arrived in Madrid via Brussels on 9 and 12 October Tenerife. Today he called the hospital saying he had a fever, namely 37.7 degrees, and sore throat. He called the Hospital Universitario La Candelaria, which is the reference center. The internist who treated him conducted the clinical and epidemiological encuestra and then called the Department of Public Health, ”
The Department of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at noon decided that while the patient was in good condition, he was also “considered a high risk” and chose to activate the research protocol at 13:30 pm today. The man was then placed in isolation and the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid notified.
In addition to the man presenting symptoms, The patients cohabitants were described as asymptomatic and are now under observation. Automatically this has become cabinet crisis and has been reported to the Government Office.
The isolated man presented symptoms for the first time this morning and automatically contacted the health center. Mendoza said that Ebola is transmitted only if there are symptoms.
Reyes has acknowledged that some people have called for change and the cancellation of appointments after the Alert was put into place, and Mendoza both as herself have called for calm on the part of the entire population and of confidence in the health service. “We must make clear what the priorities are. Our priorities are the people and security of our employees. “They have also sought the cooperation of the media to disseminate information and not to filter reliable patient demographics.
The results of the first analysis of this person which has to be repeated in order to confirm -will be announced within 24 hours. The sample arrived at 17.00 pm today.
Three rooms prepared and 143 workers
The Minister of Health has reported that Our Lady of La Candelaria Hospital has three isolation rooms and there are currently 143 people working on the case, some voluntary and others who were covering the shift at the time of admission. In total there are over 1,400 trained health workers, according to the Minister of Health, Bridget Mendoza.