- The world is currently facing the biggest Ebola outbreak in history according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). On September 30, 2014, the first laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a man who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. He passed away on October 8th. Additionally, three health care workers that directly cared for patients with Ebola were diagnosed with this disease in the U.S. Each of these health care workers has recovered.
- The CDC, hospitals, and all state and local health departments are taking all of the necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States. A thorough plan has been implemented to actively monitor all returning individuals from the areas involved in the Ebola outbreak to minimize any potential risk to the public.
- Adams County Health Department and Adams Memorial Hospital are working diligently to ensure that we have a coordinated plan to address Ebola in our county: the safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority.
- CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Education on detailed guidelines to help schools address their specific concerns. The following link, http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/children/index.html, provides great information for schools and suggestions for how parents and teachers can discuss Ebola with children.
- Additionally, the Indiana State Department of Health has opened a 24-hour call center to answer questions regarding Ebola Virus Disease. The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011.
- Please do not hesitate to contact the Health Department if you have any questions.