The Stanislaus County Health Service Agency of Public Health have been closely monitoring the outbreak of the Ebola Virus and, along with local hospitals, are preparing response efforts.
“We have been working with our local hospitals, emergency medical services, and clinic systems to keep them informed regarding preparedness and response measures,” said Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in California, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola in the United States on Sept. 30; the infected had travelled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia.
The risk for spreading Ebola still remains low in the United States and California, however state and local public health officials in California are closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to keep the public safe, including communicating with healthcare providers and hospitals throughout the state to provide updates and recommendation.
If a person who has travelled to an affected country — including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — and develops a fever within three weeks of their return, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider, let them know of their travel history, and who they may have come into contact with so appropriate case tracking can be performed.
CDC officials have also advised travelers to avoid all non-essential travel to West African countries.
For more information on Ebola, please visit www.stanemergency.com or http://cdph.ca.gov/programs/cder/Pages/Ebola.aspx. For the latest updates on Ebola activity, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.