Ebola Information

UCHealth updates and information about the Ebola virus
October 22nd, 2014

Update: Ebola-negative patient transported to University of Colorado Hospital
Update: Ebola Test is Negative for Patient at Medical Center of the Rockies

(Page updated as new information becomes available)

UCHealth is committed to providing the highest quality and safest possible care for all our patients, while ensuring the safety of family members, visitors, staff and physicians at our locations.

Ebola cases

There have not been any cases at any UCHealth location, and there have been very few diagnosed Ebola cases in the U.S. Nonetheless, we’re taking the possibility of seeing a patient infected with Ebola very seriously.

Screening protocol

Nurses and physicians at each of our locations are carefully screening patients for Ebola risk factors and symptoms, and we’re running drills in our emergency departments, clinic locations and ICU units to make sure everyone on staff is well trained.

Should UCHealth be needed to care for a patient with Ebola, we’re confident we can keep patients, visitors and staff safe. There’s no reason for others to be concerned.

Isolation rooms and units have already been identified to care for any suspected cases, dedicated teams of nurses and physicians will care for only the Ebola patient and no other patient, and the unit will be extremely secure – safely separated from all other patients and visitors.

Additional information

It’s important to note that Ebola is not an airborne disease. It is contracted only from direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick. 

UCHealth is following the strictest CDC guidelines for screening patients:

Recent Travel To:

  • Sierra Leone
  • Guinea
  • Mali


Symptoms of Ebola

  • Fever (greater than or equal to 100.4°F or 38.0°C)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

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