October 7, 2014

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Statement

With the confirmed diagnosis of Ebola in a patient in Texas who recently traveled from Liberia, the disease has been in the news a lot lately. While it is still a rare disease, Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and other primates (such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees) caused by infection with the Ebolavirus.

Ebola can be spread between humans by close contact with infected body fluids or through infected needles in the hospital. That is why our hospitals are taking proactive precautions to protect patients and caregivers in our facilities from this disease.  

Health care workers in our facilities are using the following standard guidelines for protection: 

  • Screening all patients for recent travel history based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations
  • Treating all patients as infectious and using appropriate personal protective equipment including gloves, masks and gowns to protect the healthcare worker.
  • Reporting any suspected case of Ebola immediately to the CDC.
  • Placing the patient on isolation precaution in a private room to avoid contact with other patients. 
  • Using proper hand hygiene to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Consistently cleaning and disinfecting equipment, surfaces and linens to prevent the spread of illness.

For more information about Ebola, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. To contact the CDC directly, call 1-800-232-4636.

 

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