Marquette County hospitals react to Ebola threat

Oct 17, 2014

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General and Bell hospitals are preparing facilities to deal with the Ebola virus. 

Although Ebola has not been reported in Michigan, officials say they’re taking precautions to keep staff, visitors, and the community safe.

Measures being implemented include asking incoming patients if they’ve traveled to high-risk areas or come into contact with people who live there; installing signs asking people with fevers who have traveled outside the country to notify staff; and dedicating isolation rooms for patients who may have been exposed to Ebola. 

Health officials say while Ebola is a serious illness, right now the flu is a much greater risk to the local population.  They’re urging residents to get a flu shot.