Union College student quarantined at Barbourville, Ky. hospital for unknown illness

Wednesday 19 February 73879 Shares

Union College student quarantined at Barbourville, Ky. hospital for unknown illness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A student at Union College was hospitalized Tuesday under quarantine after contracting an unknown illness.

That's according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

A college spokesperson sent the following statement to Kentucky radio station WRIL via email: "In an effort to be as transparent as possible, I did want to update you regarding this morning('s) rumors. This afternoon, Union College was notified by officials at Barbourville ARH that a student is currently in the emergency room under quarantine. Possible airborne illness ruled by officials."

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are at the hospital investigating. The Kentucky Department of Public Health said in statement they are assessing any threat to the public, it is believed to be high and protocols were being followed to prevent exposure to other patients.

“We want to assure Kentuckians we are aware of a potential infectious disease and are working collaboratively with the local hospital as well as local, regional, and federal public health authorities to determine not only a possible cause of illness, but any steps that need to be taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our Commonwealth,” the statement continued.

The hospital confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation, but said the hospital is operating normally, while the patient is under full quarantine.