Frequently Asked Questions About Ebola
Are there any Ebola cases in Colorado?
Can a person infected with Ebola survive?
Is there any specific treatment for an Ebola infection?
No medicine has been proven to be effective against Ebola. Some drugs have been tested on animals and proven effective, but none of these have been scientifically proven to be effective in humans.
Is there a preventative vaccine for Ebola?
No, although much work is currently underway to develop an effective vaccine.
What is the available treatment for Ebola?
Current treatment is supportive only: intravenous fluids, supplemental oxygen with or without ventilator support, medicine to support blood pressure, and antibiotics to treat other infections as they occur.
Is Pueblo capable of caring for an Ebola victim?
Parkview and St. Mary Corwin hospitals have adequate isolation facilities, equipment, and medical expertise to care for a limited number of Ebola victims.
What are the symptoms of an Ebola infection?
First and foremost one must consider the risk of contracting the disease. Have you travelled to an endemic area? Have you been in close contact with an infected individual? If the answer is no, then you most likely are not infected. If the answer is yes, the symptoms are fever and/or associated symptoms such as headache, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained bleeding.
How is Ebola transmitted?
First, Ebola is not transmitted through the respiratory route like the flu. When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with
- blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
- objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
- infected animals
If exposed to Ebola how long does it take for the disease to manifest itself (incubation period)?
What should I do to protect myself if Ebola comes to Pueblo?
- Avoid close and direct contact with known infected individuals
- If fever with above mentioned symptoms develop report to your nearest hospital emergency room
- If you or a family member are deemed potentially exposed you will be given instructions on what to do by hospital or public health officials.
For additional information on Ebola, please visit the CDC website or CDPHE website.
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