Ebola rumors knocked down in Mesa County, Aspen | PostIndependent.com

Ebola rumors knocked down in Mesa County, Aspen

Mesa County officials on Friday issued a news release in an effort to dispel rumors “circulating through social media regarding a potential Ebola case in Mesa County.”

“This rumor is false,” the county said. “Mesa County Health Department wants to assure everyone there is no Ebola in our region or in the state of Colorado.”

Earlier in the week, a similar rumor was circulating that Aspen Valley Hospital was treating a case. Officials there flatly dismissed the rumor when the Post Independent called.

Meanwhile, Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statement regarding the state’s Ebola preparedness plan.

“While there are no Ebola cases in Colorado, we have prepared and will continue to prepare for the possibility of a case,” he said. “Among the many steps we’ve taken, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has activated our statewide network of health care agencies, providers and hospitals to ensure they have the information and resources needed to spot and stop the virus, as well as keep our health care workers safe. We assembled a 24-7 mobilization team of medical and infectious disease experts prepared to respond immediately” in the event of a diagnosis in the state.

Last week, local officials said they were ready and vigilant.

“We will address any public health issues that occur locally, as we have with other illnesses,” said Yvonne Long, Garfield County public health director. ”We have preparedness plans, are coordinating now and will act as needed.”

Added Annick Pruett, community relations director for Grand River Health: “In response to the recent media regarding outbreaks of illness such as the Enterovirus D68 and Ebola, staff have all been updated on signs and symptoms to watch for. Our staff are already well trained in the use of Personal Protective Equipment to protect themselves and the patients we serve.”

The Mesa County news release Friday said, “It is the role of Mesa County Health Department to monitor and control the spread of communicable diseases, which includes Ebola. We will continue to work with local and state partners to monitor Ebola developments and will provide regular updates depending on the magnitude of the situation.”

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