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Friday, 17 October 2014 16:19

Union County Ebola Prevention & Response Efforts

 

Union County Ebola Prevention & Response Efforts

While the risk of Ebola remains low for Union County residents, local healthcare and emergency response partners met today to further discuss Ebola preparedness efforts in Union County in light of Wednesday's notification of an Ebola patient's travel to Ohio. Three key items were discussed today.

1) Risk for Ebola infection remains low.
All US Ebola cases have been directly linked to either (a) travel to an affected West African country or (b) have had direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is ill with Ebola (fever,
vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, severe headaches, stomach pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising).Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids (vomit, diarrhea, urine, saliva,
sweat, semen, blood) of an individual sick with Ebola. Ebola is not spread through air or food.


2) Protocols that will help in the early identification and containment of a possible Ebola case are being established and exercised.
Union County first responder agencies are creating and exercising protocols for determining a patient's Ebola exposure risk level and determining how that patient will enter the healthcare
system. Our local hospital and hospitals across Ohio are following the Ebola preparedness checklist and have exercised how they will handle a possible Ebola case. The state has provided
new, aggressive quarantine protocols in the event there is an Ebola case in Ohio. These protocols will also be critical in protecting our healthcare workers and first responders.


3) If you have questions about Ebola exposure, call the Union County Health Department.
If you have questions about Ebola, Ebola preparedness efforts, or who's at risk for Ebola, please call the Union County Health Department at (937) 642-2053 or the Ohio Ebola Hotline at 1-866-800-1404. If you are sick and have concerns, please call your primary care doctor.


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CONTACT FOR MEDIA: Ebola communication efforts are being coordinated through the Union County Health Department. Jennifer Thrush, Public Information Officer for the Union
County Health Department is the primary contact for Ebola related inquiries. Ms. Thrush is working closely with local healthcare providers and first responders, the Ohio Department of Health, and the local health departments in central Ohio to gather information on Ohio Ebola prevention and response efforts.