Health Update: Ebola

Health Update: Ebola


Bloomsburg University Student Health Center is monitoring Ebola Virus Disease notifications from the World Health Organization, CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the PA Department of Health on a daily basis. Ebola poses a low risk to the U.S. general population.
The countries of West Africa: Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have been affected to date.
Travelers from Ebola-affected countries are advised to self-monitor their health for 21 days after departure and to seek healthcare if fever and symptoms develop.
Ebola Facts:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola Virus Disease, also referred to as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, is transmitted through blood and body fluids. Transmission is through close, direct contact between an infected person’s body fluids and a healthy person’s mucous membranes or non-intact skin.
Unlike many other illnesses, Ebola is not infectious until symptoms appear, and has a low risk for transmission during the early stages. This is different from other illnesses, such as the flu, which can be infectious before symptoms appear.
Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though eight to 10 days is most common.
If individuals develop symptoms, they should contact their local medical provider for further instructions. Seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms develop.

For additional information:
Call:
570-389-3800

OR
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola