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Ebola Information for the EGSC Community

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Ebola Information for the EGSC Community

 


Message from President Boehmer

In view of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa, East Georgia State College is implementing a strategy to assure that the college is prepared and promptly responds in the event that any member of the college community is exposed to the Ebola virus.  Also, this strategy is designed to provide a regular and open channel of communication with faculty, staff and students about this important issue.

First, I emphasize that the college is not aware of any student, faculty member, staff member or campus visitor with known exposure to the Ebola virus.

Secondly, I encourage any student, faculty member or staff member who at any time learns that they have had possible exposure to the Ebola virus or who has travelled outside the U.S. in the past 30 days to an area known to have been affected by the virus to contact Anna Marie Reich in the office of Counseling and Disability Services at 478-289-2039; and to contact their health-care provider or the emergency room immediately and inform them about the potential exposure and any symptoms.

Third, this webpage will be updated regularly as the college learns of any new developments or available resources.  I encourage you to visit this webpage periodically. 

Finally, if you have additional questions or concerns, please contact my office at 478-289-2027 or president@ega.edu.  I am personally committed to providing the most up-to-date and useful information to our community.

Bob Boehmer

 


The Ebola Virus - Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions and answers about the Ebola virus provided by the Center for Disease Control:

What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.

How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?
No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.

What is CDC doing in the U.S.?
On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.

What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the U.S. for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?
CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process -- from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.

What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?
On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.

 


Symptoms

The following are symptoms of the Ebola virus according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Symptoms of Ebola HF typically include:

    Fever
    Headache
    Joint and muscle aches
    Weakness
    Diarrhea
    Vomiting
    Stomach pain
    Lack of appetite

Some patients may experience:

    A Rash
    Red Eyes
    Hiccups
    Cough
    Sore throat
    Chest pain
    Difficulty breathing
    Difficulty swallowing.
    Bleeding inside and outside of the body

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.


Travel Advisories

You are encouraged to contact Anna Marie Reich, Director of Counseling and Disabilities Services at areich@ega.edu or 478-289-2039 prior to your departure.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Travel Health Notices

Fact Sheet for Travelers

Georgia Department of Public Health

Letter from Governor Nathan Deal 10-27-14


Communications

Department of Public Health Letter to Colleges and Universities. (PDF)

Georgia Department of Public Health - Ebola Screening, October 13, 2014 (PDF)

Letter from USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Governor Nathan Deal - Ebola Response Team, October 20, 2014 (PDF)


Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Response Site

National Institute of Health - Ebola Virus Disease: Information for U.S. Healthcare Workers

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Facts about Ebola in the U.S. (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Factsheet (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - What You Need to Know about Ebola

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa

University of Minnesota: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) - Ebola Resources and Literature

Georgia Department of Public Health - Ebola Virus Disease: Guidance for Colleges and Universities

American College Health Association - College Health Resources: Ebola

In-depth Ebola Lecture Slideshow from the CDC (PowerPoint)

 

Links to General Good Health Habits Regarding Contagious Disease Prevention:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Keeping Hands Clean

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs (PDF)

 

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