All clear after man causes evacuation, quarantine
BATON ROUGE - Hospital officials say a man suffering from dementia caused the evacuation of a police department and forced the quarantine of fire crews inside their station Friday night.
Sometime during the evening, a man was brought into the Baton Rouge Police Department's 2nd Precinct claiming to be from Ethiopia. Authorities said the man was sick and extra precautions were taken due to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
While it was never confirmed the man was ill with the virus, authorities said they wanted to make sure everyone was cared for appropriately.
The man was taken to Our Lady of the Lake.
Medical responders to the police station were from the Highland Rd. fire station. The station was placed on lock down pending the man's status.
Officials said about two hours after the ordeal began, it all started when a good Samaritan saw the man on the road near the police precinct and brought the man inside.
The patient was an Alzheimer's patient who was confused, hospital spokesperson Kelly Zimmerman said.
The sick man's family confirmed to hospital administrators the man has not traveled to West Africa.