Important Update from the Ohio School Plan on Ebola
Like many of you, we have spent the last week educating ourselves on the subject of Ebola. There have been many question and answer sessions with the CDC producing fact sheet after fact sheet defining the disease and its many signs and symptoms. The current situation in the US remains unchanged from late last week. There are isolated cases in the US stemming from the direct care of an individual who contracted the disease while visiting an area of the globe known for the presence of Ebola.
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease. The disease is transferred from person to person through direct contact with infected body fluids. Direct contact can be accomplished by infected fluids coming into contact with breaks in the skin or through mucous membranes of the uninfected person. The Ohio Department of Health has produced an Ebola fact sheet to learn more about the disease itself or methods of its spread. Click here to access the fact sheet.
The signs and symptoms of infected persons are similar to the symptoms most often observed for the common flu: Fever, Headache, Muscle Pain, etc. Because of these similarities, it is imperative to understand if the person exhibiting the signs and symptoms had any opportunity to be exposed to Ebola-infected body fluids. Those most likely to be exposed in the US are health care workers directly caring for infected persons. The Ohio Department of Health has established a call center to answer Ohioan’s questions. The number to call is 1-866-800-1404 and you can learn more if you click here.
Ohio School Plan encourages all districts to educate themselves on this disease and formulate plans and protocols should an exposure be identified. It’s also a perfect time to review other health related response plans like MRSA and Flu. The Ohio Department of Health website provides daily Ebola updates concerning the number of patients being monitored state-wide. It also contains resources to develop, review and update emergency response plans for numerous health related topics.