SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Willis Knighton Medical Center says that the possible Ebola case in Shreveport was a false alarm.
The hospital released the following statement:
"A seriously ill patient arrived at Willis-Knighton Medical Center earlier today. In an abundance of caution, our emergency department staff followed our previously established protocols to assure that we protect the safety of our patients, our staff, and the community.
Within an hour of the consultation with an infectious disease specialist as well as public health officials, it was confirmed that this patient did not present a risk for the ebola virus. At that time the emergency department returned to its fully operational state."
The emergency room was placed on lockdown for about an hour but that lockdown has since been lifted. Hospital officials say that locking down local emergency rooms as well as emergency rooms across the nation may become a more frequent occurrence as a precaution.