According to www.forsythnews.com
SOUTH FORSYTH â€” A woman who had recently traveled out of the country was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth on Monday afternoon after the countyâ€™s hazardous materials and decontaminations units responded to unconfirmed reports that she exhibited symptoms of the Ebola virus.
No information has been released on the womanâ€™s identity or whether she is a Forsyth County resident. Her condition as of Tuesday afternoon could not be determined.
In a statement, officials with Northside could confirm only that â€œa patient was administered an Ebola screening, and the results were negative for the disease.â€
â€œIt was a false alarm for Northside Hospital-Forsyth, which coordinated closely with EMS personnel and followed strict protocols so that necessary infectious control precautions were prepared prior to arrival,â€ said Lee Echols, vice president of marketing and communications with the hospital system.
About 2 p.m. Monday, housekeeping staff found the woman unconscious and â€œvisibly illâ€ on the floor of her McFarland Parkway motel room, according to Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.
The woman was apparently only able to provide information once at the hospital.
â€œWe are confident she had not been to West Africa,â€ Shivers said. â€œShe had recently traveled back into the United States from the east African or Asian part of the world.â€
Though the initial report that the woman might have been suffering from the virus â€” a deadly and contagious disease that spread rapidly last year in certain west African countries â€” was largely a precaution, Shivers said it was â€œnot that far removed from other hazardous materialâ€ situations.
Units trained for â€œsome protocols locally when Ebola was in the forefront of the national spotlight.â€
â€œWe know Ebola is not an airborne sickness, but it is transferred through bodily fluids, including potentially microscopic particles that can be coughed,â€ he said.
â€œSo it was critically important that we properly decontaminated our personnel and the equipment they were wearing. And that is exactly what we did.â€
Four people went through the decontamination process, he said.
According to Shivers, hospital staff had advised at the time they would take every precaution necessary to respond to a perceived or real threat of Ebola, including testing the woman for the virus.