Ebola Update

As the first few cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the US it is important for College personnel to understand the basics of this virus and its transmission.  Currently at most risk are healthcare workers and those who have had Ebolaclose contact with infected individuals.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging U.S. residents to avoid non-essential travel to West Africa – the center of the outbreak. Travel warnings have been issued for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Infection occurs from direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood/bodily fluids or secretions of an infected individual, contact with sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Infection can also occur if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy person come into contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids- such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles.

Please keep in mind that Ebola is highly infectious but is not considered to be highly contagious, per the CDC; you can only catch it by direct contact from a symptomatic individual. If any CPCC employees or students must travel to the West Africa region or have questions regarding the Ebola virus please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ext. 6580 or Aashima.Rodkey@cpcc.edu.

EHS will continue working closely with health agencies and keep the College abreast of any pertinent updates.

Please familiarize yourself with the CPCC Communicable Disease Policy

For additional information on the Ebola virus: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/