The New York City Fire Department has issued a memo that tells workers not to use the word "Ebola" over a radio.
“At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word ‘Ebola’ or related terminology,” stated the memo, which was published by the New York Post.
Instead, fire department dispatchers are supposed to use the code letters “F/T,” which is an abbreviation for "Fever/Travel."
According to the fire department's script, dispatchers must say: “Engine XXX, utilize Universal Precautions, you are responding to a Fever/Travel incident."
My Fox DC reports the code words, which are now public, are supposed to keep people from panicking because FDNY radio channels are listened to by civilians and the media.
“Just like you can’t say bomb on an airplane, we can’t say ‘Ebola,’" an unidentified source told the New York Post. “Back in the ’80s and ’90s, taking universal precautions meant someone has AIDS. And we weren’t allowed to say AIDS either.”
Beyond banning the word "Ebola," the FDNY is outfitting twelve of its workers with $2,000 protective hazmat-like suits and has instructed employees to take suspected Ebola cases to Bellevue Hospital, which houses 20 isolation rooms.