DALLAS, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed that an EMS crew – and ambulance – that transported a patient now confirmed to have the Ebola virus in Dallas has been isolated. “We have quarantined both them and the unit itself to make sure that nothing was there that can be spread and we’re going about our protocol about how to do that,” said the mayor. “We’ve created an emergency center at Dallas City Hall that are going through those procedures right now. So we’re taking all precautions to make sure everybody’s safe. ”
The Mayor expressed his concerns for all involved as well. “First and foremost we have got to have our thoughts and prayers for this man who is very sick; who hopefully will get well… but we’re going to make sure everybody else is safe at the same time.”
Dallas Fire and Rescue Officials say the ambulance has been “decontaminated.”
Mayor Rawlings also expressed his confidence in medical workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and officials at Dallas County Health and Human Services regarding their handling of a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas County. “This is a serious issue but I’m very confident in this passenger plane with them as the pilots.”
“I think the great news about living in Dallas is you’ve got a high degree of professionalism both at Presbyterian and at the county level,” he told CBS 11 News. “I have corresponded with those folks; listened to their plans; and I don’t think anything else can be done. Everybody’s got protocol. They’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s,” he continued.
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