Two Men from Africa Die in Springfield, MO Hotel

May 11, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health & Wellness

May 11, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -Police do not suspect foul play for the deaths of two men from Africa who were traveling Route 66 on motorcycles.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is investigating how they died at La Quinta inn near North Glenstone Avenue at Interstate 44.

The two men’s bodies were found at the hotel on Saturday. When first responders arrived on scene, they were unsure what part of Africa they were from but it was clear both men died of some sort of health issue.

With viruses like Ebola as a concern in parts of Africa, first responders contacted the Health Department. When health officials arrived, they determined the two men were from the southern region of Africa; Ebola is not a concern there.

Still, as a precaution, health officials contacted the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which then called the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The CDC indicated the two men were not on a monitoring list for any diseases that would be a threat to the public.

“The monitoring list is very simple. If an individual would have been in any of those affected countries and traveled here, the CDC puts them on a monitoring list. It’s public health’s responsibility to work with that individual through the potential incubation period of Ebola, which is 21 days to ensure they don’t come down with symptoms of the illness,” said Clay Goddard, assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

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