In Steuben County, the County Communications Center has begun implementing new procedures when taking medical calls after recent reports of Ebola both internationally and here in the United States.
Staff members already have pre-arrival questioning and instruction for medical calls. Now however, callers or third-party callers will be asked additional questions if they report flu or flu-like symptoms, illness or unspecified ailments or any other conditions that may include a possible virus or signs of infection or undiagnosed disease.
The questions include whether or not the caller has traveled to a country where an Ebola outbreak has taken place or if they have a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater.
They will also be asked if they have additional symptons such as a severe headache and muscle pain. They will also be asked if they have had direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from disease-endemic areas.
The additional precautions are prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control.