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Important Information about Ebola

There have been no cases of Ebola in Washington State. The Kitsap Public Health District and local medical community partners are actively working together to prepare for the unlikely event an Ebola case is identified in Kitsap County.  This page provides information and links on the following topics:

Kitsap Public Health District: What we are doing
Information for the general public
Information for travelers
Ebola & Pets
Information for colleges, universities & students about Ebola in West Africa
Information for Healthcare Providers
Information for EMS and Public Safety Personnel
Information for Media

Kitsap Public Health District: What we are doing

The key to controlling the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is to identify suspect patients early, isolate them from others, and identify contacts so they can be monitored for symptoms. The Health District is in communication with leaders in the local medical community who are working together to coordinate local Ebola readiness efforts. Efforts to date include:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) have prepared extensive guidance on Ebola which Kitsap Public Health has shared with medical providers.
  • Kitsap Public Health is in contact with DOH and CDC on the latest guidance and recommendations and will share new information with local medical providers.
  • Kitsap Public Health has advised local medical professionals to look for symptoms in patients that could indicate Ebola infection and to ask such patients about their travel to affected countries and/or potential exposure.
  • Hospitals and clinics have been advised to review procedures for isolation of possible Ebola patients and for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by care givers.
  • Kitsap Public Health inventoried local supplies of PPE to ensure readiness.
  • The Health District’s communicable disease public health nurses are trained in and routinely provide contact tracing for infectious diseases.

If a suspect case of Ebola is identified in Kitsap County, the individual would be placed in isolation immediately and the Health District would facilitate testing at the DOH Public Health Laboratory (PHL).  The PHL is one of 13 laboratories nationwide that has be selected to test for Ebola.  If there is lab confirmation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would immediately dispatch a response team to work with and assist the Health District.

Health District communicable disease public health nurses are available to answer questions about Ebola and can be reached by calling the Health District at 360-728-2235.

Information for the general public

FACT SHEETS

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

Downloadable posters

ebola image collage


Facts about Ebola

ebola fact collage

Information for travelers

The risk is small but it is recommended you don't travel to a country that is experiencing an Ebola outbreak. If you absolutely must travel to a country experiencing an Ebola outbreak, the following links will provide important information with steps you must take before, during and after travel to an impacted country.

MAP OF IMPACTED AREAS

africa map of ebola impacted areas

Ebola & Pets

Information for colleges, universities & students about Ebola in West Africa

Information for Healthcare Providers

Information for EMS and Public Safety Personnel

Information for MEDIA

Page updated 08/01/15


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