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/