Va. Dept. of Health works to dispel Ebola myths

Posted at 7:11 PM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 19:11:38-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- While misinformation continues to spread about Ebola, the Virginia Department of Health is making sure health care providers and first responders have the latest information as quickly as possible.

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Recently thousands of letters were sent from the health department to healthcare providers concerning specific information in the Commonwealth.

Bon Secours's Dr. William Lennarz said that the hospital is utilizing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health, which he called extremely helpful.

"So every single patient that accesses acute care services at Bon Secours, at the outpatient environment, in the emergency department environment, now goes through, at the very beginning of their encounter, a very simple screening process," he said.

It's how those questions are answered that could lead some patients to a second level of screening.

If a patient is a potential risk, Lennarz said they will go into isolation.

"The isolation is really contact isolation, so it's touching the patient, touching their secretions. This is not something that goes through the air in tiny particles, like tuberculosis. It's really what you'd expect for getting a disease contacting someone directly," Lennarz.

In addition, the Virginia Department of Health produced a video and uploaded it to YouTube to help answer any questions the public may have about the virus.