Ebola is a deadly viral disease that is affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
On August 8, 2014 the World Health Organization declared the current Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and reaffirmed this in October.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, with widespread transmission in multiple countries in West Africa, including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Although the risk of rapid spread of Ebola in the United States is very low, CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Vermont Situation Update
Preparing for and taking action to control the spread of disease is a core function of public health. In Vermont, the Health Department, hospitals, health care providers and EMS providers are preparing to safely identify and manage any suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola.
The Health Department will continue to actively monitor the health of travelers and health care workers returning from West Africa to Vermont. Active monitoring means that public health nurses stay in contact – by phone or other technology, or by personal visit – for 21 days following a person’s last possible date of exposure to Ebola virus. Depending on circumstances, individuals under active monitoring may have some restrictions on their travel or work activities. Family members and household contacts of asymptomatic individuals who are being monitored are not at risk.
The Vermonter who had been in quarantine after returning from West Africa completed 21 days of active monitoring on Nov. 16, does not have Ebola, and is no longer in quarantine.
Related: Vermont is Carefully Monitoring Travelers from Ebola-affected Regions (News release 10/28/14)
It's important to know:
- The risk of Ebola spreading in the U.S. and Vermont is very low.
- You can’t get Ebola from a person who has no symptoms.
- Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids of a person who is sick with the disease.
- Ebola is NOT spread through the air, water, or food.
Ebola Facts and Information - General information and resources updated live from CDC
Health Care Provider Guidance - Important resources and guidance information for health care professionals, hospitals, and related facilities
Are You Ready? What you need to know if you live in the U.S. - American Public Health Association and Vermont Department of Health
Letter to Parents and Guardians (10/2014)
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