ER in North Carolina blocked off amid infectious disease fears

State health officials confirmed a section of the Carolinas Medical Center emergency room in Charlotte was blocked off Wednesday while a patient was being tested for a possible infectious disease.

A statement from the center says they took action after learning the patient had visited a country known for a high risk of infectious diseases:

“…We took all appropriate infection control measures to protect patients, staff, and visitors.  After consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and NC Department of Health and Human Services, it appears the risk for communicable disease is low.  No further testing is needed and the patient will be sent home.”  

The remainder of the center was still open to patients and ambulances during that time, and is now operating normally.

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