As we continue to learn more about the U.S. cases of Ebola, we are on high alert at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Our expertise in infectious disease is helping us prepare, even though the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is extremely low. We know the signs and symptoms and are doing everything possible to alleviate fear and increase our readiness.
At Children’s, we have expertise in managing and treating infectious diseases – we do that every day. We are taking guidelines created by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local health departments seriously. Ebola, while a very serious illness, is exceedingly rare in children. No child in the U.S. has been diagnosed with it to date. However, following proper policies and procedures in potential and diagnosed cases of childhood Ebola, will help us reduce the risk of further infection.
A broad team of experts from across the Children’s Hospital system has been working together since before the first cases were reported in Dallas. We have been focusing our efforts on enhanced screening protocols, ensuring proper use and adequate supplies of personal protection equipment, and remaining up-to-date on the latest Ebola information.
This is a rapidly changing and evolving situation and the uncertainty can be unsettling. We will continue to monitor the situation. And as always, we will remain focused on providing the best and safest care and protecting our children and families, staff, visitors and community.