Sacramento City Council members say they were not notified that Ebola might have reached California’s Capitol City.
“Not in a public setting and I have not had any discussion with anybody about that issue,” District 2 Councilman Allen Warren told FOX40, when asked if the council was aware of the situation.
“We work with the county on that. So, if there was something going on and the county wanted us to know, we would be following their lead,” Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer said.
Sacramento’s Department of Health and Human Services released a statement about their response to the possible infection:
“The hospital’s personnel drew a sample and the County’s Public Health Lab has sent the sample to the CDC to detect whether the Ebola virus is present. The outcome of the test is expected in several days, depending on CDC protocols.”
With a patient at Kaiser Permanete South being tested for what’s killed more than 1,200 West Africans in places like Sierra Leone, Monrovia and Liberia, the confusion and concern over the disease is no longer half a world away for those locally in charge of public health.
A Kaiser spokesman issued this statement once the suspected patient was identified:
“Our physicians and infectious disease experts are working closely with local and state public health agencies to monitor developments and share information.”
Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids and first presents with symptoms that might be attributed to the common cold – high fever and chest pain with a cough.
The virus can soon become insidious with bleeding from the eyes, intense vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
In light of such a widespread outbreak across parts of Africa, the illness has become not just something for the medical community to manage, but also municipalities.
With two American medical missionaries now in treatment in Atlanta as a result of the virus, the concern over spread has moved there.