The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized the increased
concern about an Ebola outbreak within the U.S. It has noted that an outbreak is highly
unlikely primarily due to the strength of the U.S. healthcare system having tools, specific
resources and technology readily available.
The CDC has posted specific information about Ebola that can help provide you with
additional information about this virus and how you can protect yourself. Please click the link
for information on how to talk to your kids about Ebola.
As you know, national and international health authorities are working to control a large,
ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in several countries in West Africa, with the
current epicenter in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Public Health relies on the vigilance of a
vast array of informed contributors beyond our traditional medical providers to report diseases
and it is therefore critical that the following guidance and recommendations be provided to the
educational community at this time.
(1) Be aware of students and their families, staff or teachers who have traveled to Ebola affected
West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea within the
previous 21 days.
(2) Know the signs and symptoms of Ebola, which may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days
after exposure to Ebola and include:
- Fever greater than 101.5°F
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained, unusual bleeding or bruising
(3) If someone presents to your school health clinic with a fever, immediately ask if they
have traveled to or come into contact with someone who has traveled to an Ebola
(4) If you encounter individuals who you believe meet the case definition described in (1)
and (2) or (3), immediately separate the individual from contact with others and report
it to the Department of Public Health at 1‐866‐PUB‐HLTH or the DPH Epidemiology
section at 404‐657‐2588.
(5) Hand washing is still the best, most effective method at your disposal to protect you
from the spread of infectious disease.
DPH strongly encourages each school to review its infection control policies and procedures
with teachers and staff. In addition, DPH recommends reinforcement of healthy germ stopping
habits with students. Please refer to the webpages below for current information related to
the Ebola outbreak and for infection prevention tips and flyers related to hand hygiene, cough
and sneeze etiquette, and other tips to limit the spread of infection.
Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Health at 1‐
866‐PUB‐HLTH or the Epidemiology section at 404‐657‐2588.
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