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Donald E. Williamson, M.D.

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Ebola - What You Need to Know

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history, and is of great concern to many people. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of patients with Ebola in Alabama. Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, or in general, by food. While the likelihood of an outbreak occurring is very low, the Alabama Department of Public Health is working with other partners and is taking several steps to ensure that if a case occurs in our state we will be prepared to respond.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are at highest risk of contracting Ebola include those who travel to countries with active Ebola outbreaks and are:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Family and friends of an Ebola patient that are in direct contact with the person who was infected with the virus.

If you are a health care provider and have a patient who has traveled to an Ebola affected area, and the patient is experiencing symptoms of fever (subjective or ≥ 100.4˚F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lack of appetite, or unusual bleeding within three weeks of travel, please complete the Ebola Consultation Record and call the Epidemiology Division immediately at 1-800-338-8374.

For more information, please visit www.adph.org/ebola.

(October 2014)

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