October 15, 2014-Jackson, WY- At approximately 8:30 a.m. Teton County Dispatch
received a call for an ambulance at a lodging property in Teton Village.
Initial information gathered by dispatchers from the patient about her
symptoms and potential travel history of those in her party led responders
to determine there was reason to suspect the patient might have had an
infectious disease of high concern.
Armed with this information, a coordinated response medical team consulted
with the Wyoming Department of Health to ensure their response met all
current protocols. Upon examination of the patient at the lodging property
it was determined that no members of her travel party had visited areas
of concern and that the patient’s symptoms were consistent with
a more common flu-like illness. The patient was transported to St. John’s
Medical Center for treatment.
According to St. John’s Medical Center CEO Lou Hochheiser, MD, “This
was a well coordinated response and exactly what was warranted in this
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, St. John’s Medical Center, Teton County Public
Health, Teton County Emergency Management and Teton County Dispatch continue
to work together to ensure preparedness by conducting planning, training
and community education to protect our residents and visitors in the unlikely
event that a case of Ebola arises.
Media contacts: Charlotte Reynolds, 307-732-5786,
Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,