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Ebola Virus Disease

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

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Previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Ebola is a rare and often fatal viral disease. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is caused by one of five identified virus strains and occurs in humans and non-human primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. Although the natural animal reservoir remains unknown, bats are suspected to be the most likely source.

  • Symptoms and Transmission
  • State of Florida Actions
  • Guidance for Floridians and Visitors
  • Guidance for Health Care Workers
  • Guidance for Laboratories
  • Guidance for Public Health

Symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2 to 21 days after a person is exposed to an infected animal or an ill infected person. Infected people only become contagious after they start to feel ill. Most people will become ill within 14 days of exposure.

When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. Symptoms of EVD typically include: Fever, headache, muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding. Severe forms of the disease may lead to organ failure, shock and possible death.

Transmission

EVD can be spread through direct contact with infected animals or an ill infected  person or their bodily fluids.  A person can be infected with Ebola if they have direct contact with:

  • an infected bat, non-human primate, or possibly other animals
  • blood or secretions of an infected ill person
  • objects (i.e. needles, bedding, etc.) contaminated with bodily fluids from an infected ill person
  • the remains or bodily fluids of a person who died from EVD

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and ensure patients who may have EVD are isolated and have access to appropriate treatment. Looking forward, the Florida Department of Health and Florida Division of Emergency Management will continue to collaborate to ensure the health and safety of all Floridians. The Division of Emergency Management activated the state’s Joint Information Center, allowing state officials to share accurate, timely information with the public. Our first priority is to protect the health of Florida’s residents and visitors and ensure the safety of Florida’s families.

Florida Department of Health Actions

The County Health Department in each of Florida’s 67 counties has regular communication and interaction with hospitals, medical providers and laboratories to ensure that appropriate reporting and public health action is taken.  In the event that a patient suspected to have EVD is identified in Florida, the Florida Department of Health will collaborate with healthcare partners to ensure appropriate patient care and protocols for isolation and infection control are provided, provide EVD testing as appropriate, and identify and conduct a risk assessment of any potentially exposed persons (contacts).  If EVD infection is confirmed, the Florida Department of Health will ensure contacts are closely monitored for fever and symptoms of illness, and take appropriate actions to prevent further spread of EVD.

Safe Disposal of Ebola Patient Waste

The Florida Department of Health

T.E.A.C.H to Prevent Ebola Exposure
The Florida Department of Health

Personal Protective Equipment Guidance
The Florida Department of Health

Personal Protective Equipment for High Risk Situations video
The Florida Department of Health

Personal Protective Equipment for Low Risk Situations video
The Florida Department of Health

Emergency Department Screening Form
The Florida Department of Health

Outpatient Clinic Screening Form
The Florida Department of Health

Decision Algorithm to Assist with Identifying, Testing and Monitoring of Patients
The Florida Department of Health

Fact Sheet for Medical Professionals
The Florida Department of Health

Contact Tracing Flyer
(En Español)

The Florida Department of Health

Ebola Awareness Information for Emergency Medical Services (English) 
(En Español)
The Florida Department of Health

Health Care Actions for Ebola Flyer (English)
(En Español)
The Florida Department of Health

Guidance for Inpatient Care Management
The Florida Department of Health

Guidance for Businesses with Employees Returning from Countries Currently Experiencing an Outbreak of EVD
The Florida Department of Health

Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) To Be Used By Healthcare Workers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donning and Doffing Procedures - Observer: Introduction
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidance and Information for Health Care Workers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Interim Hospital Infection Control Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Patient Evaluation Checklist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Detailed Hospital Check List for Ebola Preparedness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Biofire Ebola Assay v 2.0
The Florida Department of Health 

Updated! - Specimen Collection, Packaging, and Shipping
The Florida Department of Health

Updated! - Specimen Shipping Check List
The Florida Department of Health

Guidance for Clinical Laboratories Using FDA Authorized Diagnostic Assays for Ebola Virus Detection
Association of Public Health Laboratories

Decision Algorithm to Assist with Identifying, Testing and Monitoring of Patients 
The Florida Department of Health

Consultation Form
The Florida Department of Health

Refugee Health Assessment Form
The Florida Department of Health

Ebola and the Refugee Health Program
The Florida Department of Health

Quarantine Wrap-Around Support
The Florida Department of Health

Guidance for 21-day County Health Department Monitoring of Travelers (Full version)
The Florida Department of Health

Guidance for 21-day County Health Department Monitoring of Travelers (Summary version)
The Florida Department of Health

Ebola Traveler Monitoring Data Entry Guidance for CHDs
The Florida Department of Health

Contact Tracing Flyer
(En Español)

The Florida Department of Health

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