The Ebola virus has already claimed nearly 2,000 lives, but so far, health officials say, it has caused no fatalities.
But the UMC hospital in Atlanta, where more than 1,000 people are battling Ebola, is facing another threat.
The Atlanta Health Alliance announced Thursday that it would shut down its outpatient facility at the UCC, the hospital’s outpatient clinic.
The hospital, located in the city’s north, has been dealing with an outbreak of cases that are threatening to kill people.
The UMC was not immediately able to explain why the hospital would close, but Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he was “deeply concerned” about the potential for a new wave of cases and deaths.
He added, “I will not be complacent until we have a clear understanding of what’s happening here.”UMC is not the only U.K. hospital to face a similar decision.
On Wednesday, the Royal Free Hospital in Birmingham, England, announced it would be closing its emergency department for at least two weeks.
It was the first hospital in the country to announce such a decision.
The news came after the British Medical Association urged the government to take immediate action to contain the spread of the virus.
The association’s chief executive, Dr. Gail Smith, said the closure of UMC would be the largest health emergency of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The association also warned that a new pandemic could lead to a spike in hospital admissions, hospital admissions in isolation, and the spread and use of isolation equipment.UCC is the only facility in the world that is operating under a strict quarantine.
UCC’s emergency department has been operating for more than four months, and many people who are not sick, are not in danger.