Helpful Information about Ebola
On Oct. 1, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Department confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia, Africa. The CDC continues to work closely with Texas health authorities and remains confident about containing any potential spread of the illness.
To date, this is the only case diagnosed in the United States. California has no confirmed cases of Ebola virus and no patients admitted to any California hospital are considered at high-risk for Ebola virus disease. The CDC emphasizes that the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States remains extremely low.
Sutter Health’s top priority is always the safety and wellness of our patients and employees. Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Over the past couple months, Sutter Health and its affiliates have developed comprehensive and specific workplace and patient care guidelines regarding the Ebola virus. We’ve developed protocols detailing screening and care of patients, safety guidelines for staff and other practices such as isolation procedures, hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment for staff.
Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Our hospital emergency rooms are screening and monitoring for the Ebola virus, and we follow all procedures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.
Additional important information about Ebola:
- Ebola is not easy to catch. It is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or a person who has died from Ebola. The illness is not spread through the air.
- People who have contracted Ebola are not infectious until they show symptoms.
- Sutter Health and its affiliates continue to closely follow developments.
- Learn more about Ebola on the CDC website.
If you have traveled to countries experiencing the most severe of Ebola outbreaks (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) within the last 21 days and have a fever, go straight to the emergency room. Please call ahead and immediately alert ER staff about your travel history and fever.