Home Health & Hospice

Special spotlight: Ebola

Homecare Insider, October 6, 2014

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. American health officials are confident that they can contain the disease. 

“The United States is prepared, and has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities,” HHS wrote in a recent email statement, emphasizing that Ebola is highly destructive though not highly contagious.
 
According to the statement, symptoms of Ebola virus, which is caused by a viral hemorrhagic fever disease, include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. These symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure, though they most commonly occur within 8-10 days.
 
The disease is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Individuals who are infected with Ebola but are not symptomatic are not contagious. Ebola is not transmitted through air, food in the U.S., or water.
 
Click here for more information about Ebola from the CDC.