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Countries in the region of West Africa is in the midst of one of the largest Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks on record, centered in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Although the spread of Ebola is still accelerating in West Africa, an outbreak in the United States, an area with greater resources and a more developed healthcare system, would be readily contained. Knowing how the virus spreads and promoting that information to our community is key. This page allows Worcester Division of Public Health to update the community with up-to-date and factual information and guidelines on Ebola Virus Disease. As of October 28, 2014, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Massachusetts.

You cannot get Ebola from:

1) Air

2) Water

3) Food

4) Casual Contact such as handshakes

You can only get Ebola from:

1) Touching the blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died of Ebola

2) Touching contaminated objects, like needles

3) Touching infected animals, their blood or other bodily fluids, or their meat.

In order to be considered to possibly have Ebola, a person must have:

1) Recently traveled to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone And/Or

2) Been in contact with a person who is sick with Ebola And

3) Shown symptoms of Ebola

Early symptoms of Ebola include:

Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher

Headache

Stomach pain

Muscle pain

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Unexplained bleeding or bruising 

Individuals that have travelled to affected countries should monitor their temperature for 21 days upon return. If a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or any other symptoms develop, call your doctor immediately. If you think that you or someone you know may be sick with Ebola, call your health care provider for advice and direction.

For more information contact the Worcester Division of Public Health at 508 799 8531.

How DPH is Responding to Ebola in the U.S.

Local, regional, state, and federal officials are in routine contact with health officials at CDC, who in turn partner with WHO and other global health organizations to ensure that the latest and most up-to-date information about the Ebola outbreak is available to health agencies around the world.

The CMRPHA has been proactively communicating with doctors, EMS providers, local health, hospitals and other health care facilities in the region and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working to coordinate partners on the state level to share the latest information on the status of the outbreak.

We also have provided these partners with clinical guidance on identifying suspect cases of Ebola virus, safely handling lab specimens, and appropriate protocols of care for patients — and will continue to provide updated guidance as new information becomes available.

MA DPH is committed to working with local public health and healthcare partners so that our healthcare system is prepared to effectively respond in the extremely unlikely event that a person with symptoms of Ebola virus arrives here.

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Health

Additional Resources

Information for Clinicians

Information for Colleges and Universities

Information for Local Boards of Health

Information for Business Owners

Information for School Nurses

Public Health Advisory on Ebola

PPE Guidance for First Responders

Información de los CDC sobre la fiebre hemorrágica del Ébola

MA Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization