Ebola Virus

  • Carroll is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information and is in close contact with the Carroll County Health Department (CCHD) concerning the Ebola virus.

    The Carroll County Health Department’s Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Henry G. Taylor, explained the following:

    • There are no Ebola cases in Carroll County.
    • It is not likely that we will have an Ebola case in Carroll County.
    •  The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was transferred to National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and this poses no risk to Carroll County residents.
    • The Health Department is working with the hospital and its community partners, including the college.
    • The Health Department is the lead on infectious diseases like Ebola.

    All individuals who are traveling to or returning from West African countries affected by the Ebola virus are should follow the CDC's guidelines and view the resources below.

    Know that Ebola is not transmitted through the air, like a respiratory virus, which makes it much more difficult to contract. The Ebola virus is passed from person to person in bodily fluids and is transmitted only by people who are visibly ill. To become infected with the Ebola virus, a person must some how absorb blood, feces, urine, saliva, sweat or tears from a person with Ebola virus disease through the eyes, mouth or broken skin.

    If you believe you were exposed to an infected person, animal or object, contact your local Health Department immediately, and monitor your health for symptoms of infection over the next 21 days.

    The college will continue to provide pertinent information as it becomes available. 

  • Symptoms

    • Fever
    • Severe headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Weakness
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

    Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days.

    Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

    Resources

    For information on prevention, transmission, risk of exposure, view the following:

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