Nine in state now quarantined; State establishes Ebola info website
The state has launched a website to keep residents informed on the Ebola virus. The website is www.ct.gov/ebola.
The site provides risk information about Ebola virus infection, a map of the West African countries affected by Ebola, and information about actions the state of Connecticut is taking to prevent the spread of the virus should someone in Connecticut become sick with Ebola.
The site provides links to additional resources and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies and organizations.
The website also includes resources for healthcare providers, including new CDC guidance on the use of personal protective equipment by healthcare personnel.
Nine people now quarantined
The announcement comes after state officials said nine individuals had been quarantined after having traveled in West Africa, where the Ebola virus is a major problem and has killed more than 4,000 people.
Six of the nine quarantined people are members of a family in West Haven, according to media reports.
None of the individuals have Ebola symptoms, according to the state Department of Public Health. But they have traveled to at least one of the three African countries being most heavily impacted by Ebola — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had previously signed an executive order to grant authority to Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen to quarantine an individual or group of individuals who have, or may have been, exposed to the disease.
‘Create a localized site’
Malloy announced the state’s new Ebola informational website on Wednesday. “Many residents have questions and concerns [about Ebola]. For that reason, we felt it was important to create a localized site where information will be updated on an ongoing basis,” he said.
“While there are no cases of Ebola in Connecticut, we are taking safety measures to prevent the spread of this virus should someone in our state become sick with Ebola,” Malloy said.
There will also be a hyperlink to the new Ebola website on the home pages of all state agencies.
The United Way’s 2-1-1 also is a resource equipped to handle inquiries concerning Ebola. People can go to www.211ct.org, or call 2-1-1.