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  • October 22, 2014

    Warrick County EMA addresses Ebola

    The Warrick County Emergency Management Agency has passed along the following Public Service Announcement regarding Ebola:

    General Information

    • The likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with the blood or body fluids (like urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from areas with Ebola outbreaks.
    • Initial signs and symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, chills, and muscle aches, with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain occurring after about five days.
    • Other symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, or confusion, may also develop.
    • Symptoms may become increasingly severe and may include jaundice (yellow skin), severe weight loss, confusion, bleeding inside and outside the body, shock, and multi-organ failure.

    Some Safety Basics

    • Ebola is a fragile virus which can be killed with a 5% solution of chlorine.
    • Good personal hygiene is the first line of defense.
    • Frequent hand washing is recommended.
    • Use of hand sanitizers is also recommended. This should be used in combination with hand washing, as sanitizers can miss some bacteria that hand washing would remove.

    Educate Yourself
    Go to the Indiana State Department of Health website dedicated to providing information about Ebola: http://www.in.gov/isdh/26447.htm
    The Indiana State Department of Health has also opened a call center to answer questions regarding Ebola. Health representatives are available to answer questions regarding symptoms, screening and diagnosis of Ebola. The call center telephone number is 877-826-0011 (TTY: 888-561-0044.). It is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    Help Educate Others
    Please share this information with your family and friends.