Ebola Preparedness

10/29/14

Ebola Preparedness: Delivering the Best Care, Safely

 

Protecting our patients, health care workers, and community 

We have spent countless hours preparing should a patient with Ebola symptoms seek care at one of our facilities. Doctors, nurses, infectious disease experts and staff have discussed care strategies and participated in drills to ensure we are ready if our community needs us. We continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on the latest information and guidelines.

What are the symptoms of Ebola?

A patient must have symptoms to spread the disease to others. Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, through mosquitoes or by food. Symptoms can appear from 2 to 21 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain

Ebola is spread through direct contact. Direct contact means that body fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) from an infected person have touched someone’s eyes, nose, or mouth or an open cut, wound, or abrasion.

Learn more about the transmission of Ebola and risk exposures from the CDC.

What should I do if I think I have Ebola?

If you have Ebola symptoms and have traveled within the past 21 days to West Africa (Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea) or been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed or is suspected to have Ebola you should call your primary care doctor or closest emergency department who will help you determine the best course of action.

Is the hospital safe for care and visitors?

Absolutely. The hospital remains a safe place to visit and seek care. Always call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency.