Monday, March 31, 2008

Interpreter Helps Thwart Public Health Outbreak

For anyone who ever had doubts about the important role interpreters play in society at large, here is a story worth noting.

Carol Hidalgo, an interpreter at the Mayo Health System's Austin Medical Center noticed a pattern among patients for whom she was interpreting described the same symptoms and happened to work at the same pork processing facility.

Eventually, a partnership was formed that included the plant, Austin Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, the state health department and the CDC, who are continuing to prevent against further outbreaks of the disease.

Read the full story here.

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