Ebola is a rare but deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect humans and other primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). The time between infection and the start of symptoms ranges from 2 to 21 days, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
What You Need to Know about Ebola
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The first outbreak of Ebola occurred in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and outbreaks have since appeared sporadically in rural areas of Africa. An outbreak of Ebola began in December 2013 and has spread throughout Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Both of the people to get Ebola in the US have been healthcare workers who were caring for an Ebola patient who caught the disease in West Africa. One of those healthcare workers traveled to Summit County, Ohio, flying in and out of the Cleveland airport. The Morrow County Health Department has reviewed the flight manifest; there were no Morrow County residents on the flight. No Morrow County residents have been identified as contacts of the healthcare worker while in Ohio.
What are the symptoms?
The first Ebola symptoms are fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, unexplained bruising or bleeding, and in some cases both internal and external bleeding.
What are we doing to protect the community?
Click here for an update from October 16, 2014.
For More Information:
- If you have questions or concerns about Ebola, please call the Ohio Department of Health 24/7 staffed hotline at 866-800-1404.
- On Ebola signs and symptoms, how the disease spreads, a person risk of getting Ebola, how to prevent Ebola, or about the outbreak, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.
- On Ohio's response, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/news/news.aspx.
- For travelers, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/ebola.
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