Public Health Alerts
August 15, 2014
· The largest Ebola outbreak in history is currently ongoing in four West Africa countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria.
· As of August 13, 2014, no confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in the United States, other than two U.S. health workers evacuated from Liberia. Ebola is not spread through the air or by food or water. A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.
· The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with body fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, and other secretions) of a person who is sick with Ebola or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus.
· Ebola virus poses no substantial risk to the general U.S. population, but as a precaution Marion County Health Department is sharing information with health care workers and health care facilities about how to isolate patients with known and suspected Ebola virus infection and how to protect themselves from infection. Early recognition is important for providing appropriate patient care and preventing the spread of infection. Health care providers should be alert to evaluate and isolate patients with suspected infection who report recent travel or contact with Ebola virus patients in West Africa. For more information on Ebola virus and appropriate isolation precautions, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.