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No ebola cases in Grundy County

November 2, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy County Public Health continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), health care professionals, and local officials in response to the West African Ebola situation. Despite what you might read on social media or hear around the water cooler, there are and have been NO cases of Ebola in Grundy County or Iowa.

Screening of travelers coming from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia is being done at international airports at the time of arrival in the U.S. They are asked about things like current symptoms and possible exposures to patients with Ebola while in West Africa. If needed, appropriate action is taken at that time; for example, travelers with symptoms consistent with Ebola are not being allowed to continue until they are medically assessed. If they are well, they are given information about what to do once they arrive at their final destination such as Iowa. If, for example, that patient is traveling to Grundy County, our public health officials are notified of the arrival of the traveler. The traveler is then re-interviewed to confirm their health status and their risk of exposure to Ebola. Appropriate action is then taken in Iowa, such as the traveler staying at home and away from others for 21 days, or taking their temperature and reporting this to public health for 21 days.

This will lower the risk of Ebola spreading in Iowa, and should reassure the public that extraordinary action is being taken by the Grundy County, IDPH and U.S. public health system to protect them.

Grundy County has also participated in Ebola preparedness and response webinars, and is in regular contact with IDPH regarding transmission of the Ebola virus and how to prepare for any suspected cases.

Residents should remember that Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or casual contact. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. In addition:

People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

For more information about Ebola, visit the www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html or the IDPH web site at http://bit.ly/1wmnEWa.

 
 

 

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