TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texas health officials want to put your fears of Ebola to rest.
A rise in emergency room visits have healthcare workers wanting to make sure their resources are being used effectively for those really in need. Health experts assert that just because you are showing signs of a fever, does not mean you have Ebola.
"If you do not have that travel history, at this point in time you the odds are you have not been exposed to Ebola, so that scare can go away," NetHealth CEO George Roberts said.
Roberts said the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, are ground zero for Ebola. Roberts adds that the first question health professionals are asking is if you have traveled to those countries or if you have come into direct contact with the bodily fluids or blood of someone with Ebola.
Roberts adds that the people who came in contact with the Dallas patient have already been notified by the CDC.
"If you were at Presbyterian [Hospital] that day, they have a pretty good sense of who was around this guy, you don't have to worry," Roberts said.
Officials at Trinity Mother Frances said they have seen an increased number of patients using the emergency room, thinking they have Ebola. However, of those patients, none traveled to West Africa nor did they have the virus.
"East Texas has zero cases of Ebola, and we are very hopeful that will continue to be the case. All travelers from Africa are being carefully monitored," Trinity Mother Frances Emergency Medicine Director Dr. Luis Haro said.