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October 17, 2014 - Ebola Information

Ebola is not spread through food, water, air or casual contact. Ebola is spread by direct contact with body fluids of a person sick with or has died from Ebola and objects contaminated with the virus.

For a person to spread Ebola to others, they must have:
Been in an area within the last 21 days where Ebola is occurring
AND
Been in contact with body fluids (such as vomit, blood, feces, urine, breast milk, sweat or semen) of a person sick with or died from Ebola
AND
Developed Ebola symptoms which are fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, no appetite, and unusual bleeding.

There are no cases of Ebola in Wisconsin and the risk of anyone contracting Ebola in the state is low. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is keeping all health care providers up to date with the most current information and guidance. DHS is working to ensure that hospitals in Wisconsin have the equipment and procedures in place to stop the spread of Ebola if a case occurs in the state. Wisconsin medical and public health professionals are ready to respond if Ebola occurs in the state.

Avoid non-essential travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in Western Africa. If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., check the CDC traveler’s health website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices and discuss your travel plans with your health care provider before you leave. If you were recently in Western Africa, watch for fever, headache, and body aches in the next 21 days. If you get sick, call a doctor and tell the doctor where you travelled.

For more information call Oconto County Public Health or visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/diseasepages/ebola.htm