Emergency Preparedness

Metro Health has been coordinating over the last several months with the San Antonio Fire Department, the state health department, local health care systems, and other elements of the local emergency response network Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) regarding the Ebola virus.

Ebola is a severe viral disease that is spread person-to-person only by direct personal contact with exposure to bodily fluids.  Metro Health has distributed to local health care providers guidance on Ebola.

In light of the first U.S. case of Ebola in Dallas, the City and our many partners continue efforts to prepare, should an Ebola case occur in our community.

For the general public, no special concern or precautions are necessary at this time.  However, any persons who have traveled to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal or Nigeria within the past 21 days and who are feeling ill, should seek medical care immediately.
On Wednesday, October 8th, the Ebola patient in Dallas passed away from his illness. Our condolences go to his family. Based on this tragic event, health officials continue to work on strategies for combating the disease.

At this point, no secondary cases have been identified in Dallas. Members of the patient’s household were relocated from their apartment and are now under observation at an undisclosed location. The apartment and its contents are being decontaminated and biological hazardous waste is being disposed of according to regulations.

Dr. Schlenker met this week with the City’s partners to ensure that local resources are available if needed for biological waste disposal, alternative housing, and emergency funding.

In San Antonio, hospitals, providers and first responders are kept up to date by regular communications from Metro Health, the Department of State Health Services, the San Antonio Fire Department EMS, STRAC, and the Bexar County Medical Society.

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