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Gold Coast patient isolated, being assessed

Please attribute the following to a Queensland Health spokesperson:

Queensland Health can confirm a patient is being assessed at the Gold Coast University Hospital by infectious diseases experts.

The patient has been isolated in accordance with universal infection control procedures as a precaution and is being assessed for a range of infections including Ebola Virus Disease.

Initial clinical assessment has suggested it is exceedingly unlikely that the patient has Ebola.  

The broader community is not at risk of contracting the Ebola virus.

While Ebola is a very serious disease, it is not highly contagious as it cannot be caught through coughing or sneezing.

The risk of infection is extremely low unless there has been direct exposure to the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal (alive or dead).

Specific guidance in the management of a potential Ebola case has been provided to Queensland hospitals, paramedics and broader ambulance workforce, general practices, and other medical staff.

As with all Queensland health facilities, the Gold Coast University Hospital has processes in place to manage these types of infections. We are prepared.

For more information visit the Australian Government Department of Health Ebola website

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Media contact: 3234 1439

Information relating to border protection measures should be directed to the Federal Department of Health.

Questions relating specifically to the Gold Coast University Hospital should be directed to the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. 

Last updated: 11 September 2014