Fourth Patient with Ebola Virus Disease Will Be Transferred to Emory University Hospital

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory University Hospital is expecting to receive a patient from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas later today, Oct. 15. The patient is the second of two health care workers infected while caring for a patient at the Dallas hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Resources specifically requested that the patient be transferred to Emory Healthcare.

The patient will be treated in the same isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in which three patients have already been treated. The first two patients were discharged in late August and a third patient is still being treated.

Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient.

Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has no additional information regarding this patient.

UPDATE: October 28, 2014

Emory University Hospital physicians, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are pleased to report that the Ebola patient from Dallas that arrived on Oct. 15, Amber Vinson, will be discharged today and is free of the virus.

Emory University Hospital will hold a news conference today at 1 p.m., where Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of Emory’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit, will discuss the discharge of Amber Vinson from the hospital and answer media questions. Amber Vinson will also be present and will make a statement, but will not take questions.

UPDATE: October 20, 2014

A patient who was transported to Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9 with Ebola virus disease was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 19, 2014.

In coordination with the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health, the patient was determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat. The patient has asked to remain anonymous and left the hospital for an undisclosed location. He will make a statement at a later date.

The patient was treated in the Serious Communicable Disease Unit in Emory University Hospital. Two other patients who were treated for Ebola virus disease were discharged from the hospital on Aug. 19 and Aug. 21. A fourth patient, who arrived on Oct. 15, 2014, is still being treated for Ebola virus disease in Emory’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit.

UPDATE: October 15, 2014

A patient with Ebola virus disease arrived at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. The patient was transported by air ambulance from Dallas, Texas.

The patient will be treated in the special isolation unit in which three other patients have been treated. Two of those patients were discharged in late August and a third is still being treated.

Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has no information regarding the status of the patient.

UPDATE: October 15, 2014

Emory is currently caring for a third patient with Ebola virus disease who arrived at Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9. Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has provided no information regarding the status of the patient.

Given the recent news regarding the diagnosis of Ebola virus disease in health care workers, the patient has requested that we release the following statement, but continue to maintain anonymity:

Statement From Emory University Hospital Patient Recovering From Ebola

“Given the national focus on Ebola, particularly with the diagnosis in two health care workers, I want to share the news that I am recovering from this disease, and that I anticipate being discharged very soon, free from the Ebola virus and able to return safely to my family and to my community.

As a result of the virus, my condition worsened and I became critically ill soon after I arrived at Emory. Through rigorous medical treatment, skillful nursing, and the full support of a healthcare team, I am well on the way to a full recovery. I want the public to know that although Ebola is a serious, complex disease, it is possible to recover and return to a healthy life. I wish to retain my anonymity for now, but I anticipate sharing more information in future weeks as I complete my recovery.”

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  • Rosemary R.

    Given all of the confusion about the correct protective gear and protocols, I would like to know what protective gear is worn at Emory when taking care of an ebola patients, and if is more stringent than that posted by the CDC.

    • Hi Rosemary, and thanks for your question. You can find see all of our processes and protocols regarding Ebola patients here: Hope this helps!

  • Ryan M.

    I realize that Ebola, among other sicknesses, is a growing problem. I am sure that at times you may feel frustrated, scared, sad, and hopeless. I am sure you are also extremely afraid of catching this well-known disease. I want to let you know that I, among many others, are thinking of you and praying for you. We often forget that there are people that are treating these patients, and we take that for granted. Thank you so much for your commitment to treating this awful disease.

  • Mary Coates

    I have a question for Dr. Bruce Ribner,

    Dr. Ribner,
    I just read an article about Ms.Amber Vinson. I hope it’s not true. In the precautions of treating an Ebola patient, most articles are destroyed that they own. What amazes me is the fact it was mentioned that her engagement ring was also destroy or disposed of. I can’t believe that. It makes no sense. If it is a hard material, as a diamond it and the metal is mixed with other alloys, (no ring is solid gold or platinum), this would make the metal solid, not porous. Since bleach kills the EVD, then why not put the ring in a bottle of bleach and let it sit there. Afterall, if the ring did have the virus on it, it is suppose to die after 4 hours.
    Isn’t disposing of the ring overkill? Think how many people would hide their ring before they went to the hospital if they had Ebola? Same with pets. I would think that if you were going to destroy a ring, you would also want to destroy the bed and tray that she used.
    I will await your reply.

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