Ebola rumors refuted in Mesa County, Aspen
October 19, 2014
Mesa County officials on Friday issued a statement 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.
Last week, area 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."
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The Mesa County statement 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."