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Sacramento Patient Tests Negative for Ebola

Statement from Stephen M. Parodi, MD, infectious disease specialist, director of Hospital Operations, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

August 21, 2014



We are pleased with this good news for our patient from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our infectious diseases experts worked closely with the Sacramento County Health Department, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the CDC. We value the strong partnership we have with these agencies and extend our appreciation to them. The coordinated response and support was essential in working swiftly to rule out Ebola.

We also want to acknowledge the efforts of the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento physicians, nurses and staff in providing excellent care to this patient. Their knowledge, skill, compassion and professionalism have been outstanding. We are proud of the work our teams are doing to exercise every precaution necessary to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Kaiser Permanente members and employees, following CDC guidelines. We placed the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room, and provided the staff who were caring for the patient with appropriate infection control training, which includes personal protective equipment. We also provided all employees at the South Sacramento Medical Center with education regarding Ebola virus disease.

As health care providers we remain vigilant for infectious diseases such as Ebola because the rapid implementation of infection prevention measures protects our community.

Read the California Department of Public Health press release.


Posted August 19, 2014

Kaiser Permanente Comments on Patient Being Tested for Ebola Virus

We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.

In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease. This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists. This enables the medical center to provide care in a setting that safeguards other patients and medical teams.

The safety of our members, patients and staff is our highest priority. Our physicians and infectious disease experts are working closely with local and state public health agencies to monitor developments and share information.

Read the California Department of Public Health press release.