WCMC takes Ebola precautions

White County Medical Center is currently taking precautions and has devised a plan to help protect those in the White County and surrounding areas from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

While the White County area remains at a low risk, WCMC is committed to being prepared in the event residents or patients become at high risk for infection. WCMC has instituted measures to aid in the rapid identification of potential EVD-exposed patients. In addition to screening for signs and symptoms of Ebola, staff will also be screening patients’ recent travel history outside of the United States.

WCMC is in frequent communication with the Arkansas Department of Health as well as the Center for Disease and Control and is prepared to begin the isolation process should the need arise. EVD is a hemorrhagic fever that causes flu-like aches, unexplained bleeding or bruising, diarrhea and vomiting; there is no cure or vaccine.

Although there is not a vaccine for EVD, preventative measures can be taken. The CDC advises people to practice careful hygiene and avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids.

ABOUT WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.

In addition to the North and South Campuses, White County Medical Center includes Clarity Health and Wellness, Family Practice Associates, McAfee Medical Clinics, Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas, Searcy Medical Center and Searcy Medical Center – West Clinic, Westside Family Medical Clinic, WCMC Cardiology Clinic and White County Oncology.