The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is protecting the public by working around the clock to prevent the spread of Ebola. The Ebola outbreak is centered in West Africa. There are no cases of Ebola transmission in Georgia.
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- National and international health authorities are currently working to control a large, ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or Ebola) involving areas in West Africa.
- The first case identified in the U.S. was diagnosed on September 30, 2014, in a traveler from Liberia who had contact with an infected person while in Liberia who then traveled to Dallas, Texas.
- Ebola is a rare and deadly disease. The disease is native to several African countries and is caused by infection with one of the ebolaviruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, or Taï Forest virus). The natural reservoir host of ebolaviruses remains unknown. However, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) with bats being the most likely reservoir.
|Health care providers should be alert for, and evaluate any patient who has had travel during the 21 days before symptom onset from an Ebola-affected area OR had contact with an individual who has Ebola||AND||Ebola symptoms: fever (including low-grade) headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain or hemorrhage.|
- Ebola is spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects (such as needles) or infected animals.
- The incubation period (time from exposure to when a person develops symptoms) for Ebola is usually 8–10 days, but could be 2–21 days.
- Ebola is NOT transmissible during the incubation period (i.e., before onset of fever or symptoms).
- The risk for person-to-person transmission is greatest during the later stages of illness when viral loads are highest and a person is exhibiting symptoms.
CDC urges all U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone because of ongoing outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola.
With guidance from Georgia's Ebola Response Team, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is monitoring travelers arriving at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from countries affected by Ebola.
Georgia's Tiered Hospital System for Ebola
DPH has developed specialized, occupation-based guidance available at the links below.
Guidance from CDC and Emory Healthcare is available at the links below.
Governor Nathan Deal has assembled an Ebola Response Team to assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia. The team is comprised of representatives from the following: Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia National Guard, Emory University Hospital—where four Ebola patients have been treated and released —University System of Georgia infectious disease experts, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the City of Atlanta, and members of the nursing, rural hospital, EMT and education communities. The highest priority of the team is protection of the health of all Georgians. The team's priorities include preparedness of hospitals, emergency medical services, and first responders, as well as the monitoring of individuals returning from the affected countries.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is protecting Georgians by working around the clock to prevent the spread of Ebola. DPH is in constant communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the Governor's Ebola Response Team, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, Georgia's hospitals, our state's physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and numerous other state and federal partners, in addition to our 18 Public Health Districts and 159 county health departments. DPH epidemiologists are working to track Ebola globally, while monitoring incoming travelers from affected nations.
1-866-PUB-HLTH (Physicians are required to contact DPH as soon as EVD or any other hemorrhagic fever virus infection is reasonably suspected.)
This content was updated on 01-06-2015.