Loudoun County, Va. (October 20, 2014) – Loudoun County government officials say their planning efforts for an Ebola threat paid off Thursday when an inmate at the Adult Detention Center who had recently been in West Africa was transported to the hospital with a low-grade fever.
“As a precautionary measure, because she traveled from a high-risk area known for Ebola outbreaks, that inmate had been isolated and monitored at the ADC since her arrival on October 13,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “This morning, after consultation with Dr. David Goodfriend, the Director of the Loudoun County Health Department, the inmate was taken to INOVA Loudoun Hospital Lansdowne, after showing a low-grade fever.”
The inmate is currently at the hospital and is being evaluated to determine if her case meets the guidelines for Ebola testing.
Loudoun County Fire Chief W. Keith Brower said the county’s first responders have been preparing for several weeks for the possibility of an Ebola-infected patient and they were ready when called upon to transport the ADC inmate to the hospital.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we did utilize a lot of resources, including a Medical Unit, Haz Mat (Hazardous Materials) Support, and BLF (Basic Life Support) Unit,” said Brower. “Interestingly, when we got the call, I was in a meeting on region-wide Ebola preparedness planning.”
The law enforcement personnel and first responders did everything right, said Dr. Goodfriend. “We are very fortunate to be in Loudoun County where we have a long history of working together with many agencies – including public health, law enforcement and first responders. We were well prepared when this came up. We have been actively preparing to deal with someone who might have Ebola. In this case, it seemed that the person was at little risk for Ebola, but we wanted to err on the side of caution.”
Goodfriend said the most up-to-date information about Ebola is available from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636). If anyone has questions, they may call 703-737-8300 or email the Loudoun County Health Department at email@example.com. Information also is online at www.loudoun.gov/ebola.