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Preparations in Place at New York Hospital Queens re: Ebola

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2014

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CONTACTS:
Elizabeth Streich, 718-670-2515, els9136@nyp.org
Allison Fleming, 718-670-2374, alf9034@nyp.org

Preparations in Place at New York Hospital Queens re: Ebola

Infectious Disease Experts Available for Comment

Preparations are in place at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) to handle any suspected Ebola virus cases, using protocol and procedures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

While the CDC and NYC DOHMH are sources for the latest statistics and facts about Ebola, NYHQ infectious disease experts can help put this virus into perspective locally. They can provide timely, accurate information that can help correct myths and calm fears among your readers/viewers. They can talk about:

  • Major risk factors for Ebola:  Fever and travel to West Africa (or contact with someone who has traveled to West Africa) within the past three weeks
  • How Ebola is transmitted – including common myths about its transmission
  • Symptom similarities of Ebola to Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus, and other communicable diseases

If you’d like to arrange an interview with Sorana Segal-Maurer, M.D.,director, The Dr. James J. Rahal Jr. Division of Infectious Diseases, or other infectious disease experts here, please contact Elizabeth Streich (718-670-2515; els9136@nyp.org) or Allison Fleming (718-670-2374; alf9034@nyp.org).

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. For more information on New York Hospital Queens, visit www.nyhq.org

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