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Below is a Q&A to help you better understand Ebola and the precautions and protocols MetroHealth is taking to keep patients and health care workers safe.
Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is caused by an infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Its origins are unknown but believed to be from bats. The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976.
According to WHO, first symptoms are the sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools).
Your first question should be – have I been exposed to a person with Ebola? And if so, were bodily fluids exchanged? If the answer is no, you do not have Ebola. Ebola is not airborne and cannot be spread through any other means except bodily fluids.
If the answer is yes, please call 2-1-1 to reach the United Way helpline.
United Way 2-1-1 is on the front line with other Northeast Ohio emergency management and public health officials. United Way 2-1-1 callers will be triaged according to CDC guidelines and referred to the appropriate local resources.
Symptoms can appear between 2 – 21 days from exposure.
Ebola is spread through close contact with bodily fluids such as blood, vomit, feces, sweat. The virus is not spread through the air.
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
There is no specific cure. Patients require intensive supportive care including intravenous hydration or oral rehydration with solutions that contain electrolytes.
Ebola patients typically die from low blood pressure due to fluid loss (hemorrhaging) and organ failure.
MetroHealth has established a task force headed by Infection Prevention comprised of health care workers and staff to ensure protocols and practices are in place in the event an Ebola patient enters the system.