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UPDATE | Possible infectious disease treated at Ky. hospital

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Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 3:23 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/14/20 @ 4:40 p.m.

Officials with the state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a possible infectious disease at Barbourville ARH Hospital Tuesday.

In a release, Appalachian Regional Healthcare officials did not specify what disease they suspect it might be.

"We cannot comment on specific patient cases due to patient confidentiality," said ARH Spokesperson Melissa Cornett.

Currently, the hospital is open and accepting patients as normal.

"Barbourville ARH is working closely with the state health department and the CDC to follow all proper recommendations and current guidelines to ensure our patients receive the best of care, and others within our hospital remain safe," Cornett said.

Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the patient in question. Dr. Hawkins confirmed that one of the Union College students is currently in isolation with ARH and that there is no immediate risk to the public.

Dr. Hawkins added that the student did not contact the Ebola virus or travel out of the country, contrary to rumors on social media. The student's illness is reportedly not airborne. Health officials are still testing to identify the potential virus.


ORIGINAL STORY 1/14/20

A possible infectious disease is being treated at a hospital in central Kentucky, Appalachian Regional Hospital says.

The hospital confirmed Tuesday that the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a possible infectious disease currently being treated at Barbourville ARH Hospital.

According to the release, Barbourville ARH is open and seeing patients as normal.

The hospital did not release specifics about the disease. It released the following statement.

“Barbourville ARH is working closely with the state health department and the CDC to follow all proper recommendations and current guidelines to ensure our patients receive the best of care, and others within our hospital remain safe.”

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