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Philadelphia hospitals prepare for papal visit

Hospital Safety Insider, September 24, 2015

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As people from around the world head to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis, doctors are preparing to treat illnesses that they may not recognize or that normally would be treated at other facilities, according to an ABC News report.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued a special advisory this week listing some infectious diseases of concern, including typhoid and yellow fever; the chikungunya virus that produces fevers and joint pain; malaria; polio; and tuberculosis, ABC News reported.

The department is instructing healthcare providers to take a detailed travel history from patients and to report diseases to a special hotline, according to ABC News. The city's health department has posted a special website with lists of disease symptoms, diagnostics and treatments and instructions on patient isolation and the use of personal protective equipment. It also includes a public health screening tool to aid clinicians in evaluating patients for potential infectious disease.

Up to 1.5 million people could come to Philadelphia for the pope's scheduled outdoor Mass on September 27, the biggest event of Francis' first trip to the U.S. Security and travel restrictions, including the closure of 25 miles of streets and highways during the papal visit this weekend, have required hospitals to take measures to make sure they can handle any medical emergencies, the report said.

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