With more than 6,500 emergency physicians in the nation’s third-largest city, local and national media outlets took advantage of access to ACEP14 attendees to ask questions and watch sessions related to Ebola virus disease. Many media members also attended Code Scenario events around the Exhibit Hall.
All of the major local stations in Chicago arrived at McCormick Place West on Monday to interview ACEP members, the requests directed largely toward Ebola experts Drs. Rade Vukmir, David Pigott, and Kristi Koenig.
Press credentials also were issued to reporters from the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Newsweek, and Forbes Magazine, who each attended Monday’s sessions. Fox Business News conducted an interview on the innovatED floor.
CBS Chicago reporter Dana Kozlov posted an article in that news outlet’s website that stated, “just days after Illinois became one of the three states calling for mandatory 21-day quarantine for returning health care workers at risk for the disease, some experts suggested it might be too much.” The article quoted Ohio emergency physician Dr. Daniel Bachman; Dr. Pigott; and Dr. Mathew Bitner, the Co-Chair of ACEP’s Educational Meetings Subcommittee.
“What we recommend for physicians, or rather aid workers who have recently returned from Africa, is that they perform voluntary twice-daily temperatures at home, not a mandatory quarantine,” Dr. Pigott said in the article.