What you Need to Know
Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids. The time from exposure to when signs or symptoms of the disease appear (the incubation period) is 2 to 21 days, but the average time is 8 to 10 days.
Signs of Ebola include:
- Fever (higher than 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
To protect yourself from Ebola:
- DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- DO NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick.
- DO NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment.
- DO NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.
What to do if you are exposed to Ebola:
- You should check for signs and symptoms of Ebola for 21 days
- Take your temperature every morning and evening.
- Watch for other Ebola symptoms, like severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
- Call your doctor even if you do not have symptoms. The doctor can evaluate your exposure level and any symptoms and consult with public health authorities to determine if actions are needed.
- During the time that you are watching for signs and symptoms, you can continue your normal activities, including going to work.
All information provided by the CDC. For more information visit their website.
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Holy Cross Hospital is as prepared as could be for a rural facility. Any patient admitted to the Emergency Department with suspected Ebola virus will be triaged and transferred to a higher tertiary care facility. The Emergency Department staff has been instructed on strict isolation precautions to prevent transmission of the virus. The New Mexico Department of Health is notifying all New Mexico hospitals on any change of procedures or protocols.