Ebola: updates and info sources
Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals. Ebola spreads through direct contact with an infected person’s or animal’s skin, blood or body fluids. It cannot be spread simply by being near someone who is infected. People can be infected by touching objects that contain infected blood or body fluids, such as needles or bed sheets.
Everyone can help to fight “Fear-bola”. Click on the links below for definitive information.
- New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Ebola webpage
- CDC’s Ebola webpage
- CDC Ebola Factsheet
- Information Infographic for posting
- See the established protocols or the evaluation of travelers at airports.
- Remember, the risks of a flu outbreak are far greater than Ebola. Since we are heading into the flu season see the CDC Business Pandemic Checklist
- Infographic – How Ebola is Spread
- Web-based PPE Training
- Resources for Partners
- Ebola CARE Kit for travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone
- Posters on Cleaning and Hand Washing with Chlorine Solution in the African Setting
- Infographic: Is it Flu or Ebola?
- Fact Sheet: Monitoring Symptoms and Controlling Movement to Stop Spread of Ebola
- CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment [PDF – 2 pages]
- Facts About Ebola Infographic [PDF – 1 page]
- Joint Airport Screening Fact Sheet [PDF – 2 pages] (Also available in Spanish [PDF – 2 pages] and French [PDF – 2 pages])
- Facts About Ebola in the U.S. [PDF – 1 page]
- Health Care Coalition Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) [PDF – 4 pages]
- Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States [PDF – 1 page]
- Outbreak Response Photos
- Ebola Radio Health Messages in Local Languages
- Communication Resources (UPDATED)
- Outbreak Map (UPDATED)
Update| Statement on Patient at Bellevue Hospital, Oct. 27, 2014
Last night, EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred a patient to Bellevue Hospital. The patient, a minor, developed a fever this morning while under observation at the hospital. The patient was in one of the three Ebola epidemic countries in West Africa within the past 21 days.
The patient was transported by a specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The patient was not febrile when first examined at Bellevue. The patient developed a fever while at the hospital at approximately 7 a.m.this morning. After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, the Health Department decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus, because of this patient’s recent travel history and pattern of symptoms. The Health Department and HHC are also evaluating the patient for other causes of illness.
Preliminary test results are expected in the next 12 hours.
As a further precaution, the Health Department’s team of disease detectives has begun to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk. The Health Department staff has established protocols to identify, notify, and, if necessary, quarantine any contacts of Ebola cases.
The Health Department is also working closely with HHC leadership, Bellevue’s clinical team and the New York State Department of Health to ensure that all staff caring for the patient do so while following the utmost safety guidelines and protocols.
The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola are extremely slim. Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. You cannot be infected simply by being near someone who has Ebola.