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​Ebola Facts and Information

12/4/2014
 
We understand that even a single case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. raises concerns and questions for residents. Knowing this possibility exists, we want to ensure you that the health department and local health organizations including the hospitals, MEDIC and the airport are working together to update their preparedness plan and are prepared to respond should it be necessary.
 
First, here are the facts about Ebola:
  1. Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids.
  2. Ebola is NOT spread through the air, water or food.
  3. As with any communicable disease, it is important to practice careful hygiene including frequent handwashing covering sneezes and coughs and staying home when you’re sick.
  4. Here is more information on Ebola transmission and prevention.

For folks who have traveled to Africa and returned to Charlotte, the following precautions are in place to keep the disease from spreading.

  1. Anyone leaving Africa is screened for symptoms in the airport before boarding their flight.
  2. Once on the plane, airline personnel have been trained to recognize symptoms and notify the pilot, Centers for Disease Control and local authorities so they can respond accordingly.
  3. Once the plane has landed, passengers must go through U.S. Customs where they are screened again for symptoms. Should a person have any symptoms at that point, MEDIC is on-site and would respond immediately.
  4. From that point, the person would be transported to the hospital, placed in isolation and evaluated to determine a diagnosis and treatment if necessary.
  5. Similarly, a person presenting to a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office with symptoms would be asked about their travel history and specifically about travel to West Africa.
  6. Based on their response and medical evaluation, proper steps would be taken.

If you have questions or concerns about Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control website or call the North Carolina Ebola Public Information Line at 1-800-222-1222

The information line is operated through the Carolinas Poison Control Center. Responders at the Poison Center can provide precautionary information for people returning from or planning to travel to West Africa, answer questions about transmission of Ebola and provide information to people who believe they may have been exposed to the disease.

 
Please follow the Health Department​ webpage for more information.