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Ebola—What’s our risk?
Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening. On 9/30/2014, the first travel-associated case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the U.S. Unlike poorer countries in West Africa, the U.S. has an effective public health system.

How do you get Ebola?

  • The disease is spread by contact with body fluids (blood, vomit, etc.) of infected patients who have symptoms
  • Ebola patients cannot spread the disease if they do not have symptoms
  • Unlike flu or a cold, Ebola is not spread through the air

What is Clark County Public Health doing to protect the community?

  • We have alerted healthcare providers to ask about recent travel for patients who have fever that cannot be explained by other causes.
  • We have reminded hospitals about proper procedures recommended by the CDC for testing and isolating suspected cases.
  • If we receive a report of a local Ebola case, we will trace the contacts of the infected person and ensure that the person is isolated and tested.

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To request public records involving Public Health, please submit a signed request form (PDF) to Clark County Public Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., PO Box 9825, Vancouver, WA 98666 or FAX to (360) 397-8091.

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