While the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa continues to generate media attention, there have been no new cases of the virus in the United States, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports the risk in Minnesota is low.However, Fairview is continuing to monitor health alerts issued locally and nationally. In the unlikely event that the need arises, we are prepared to implement plans for dealing with patients with suspected Ebola virus.
Ebola virus is spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids or by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals.
Symptoms may include sudden onset of fever and malaise, achiness, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
Keep in mind, Ebola is one of several serious infections that can be acquired during international travel. Travelers to other parts of the world face various risks, including:
Any patient with a possible infectious disease will be asked about his or her travel history, and special screening tools and precautions may be used.
Many Minnesota residents may travel to or have relatives visit from West Africa.
Although the incubation period for Ebola can be as long as 21 days, neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor the MDH recommend that people refrain from going back to work after travel to these countries.
However, pay attention to your own health after returning from West Africa and follow these guidelines from the CDC: