State issues guidelines for residents on Ebola: Symptoms, quarantine, isolation, evaluation
State officials are offering guidance to Connecticut residents on Ebola with growing public concerns about the virus, including a possible case involving a Yale graduate student who just returned from West Africa.
The student has been admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, and medical staff is awaiting test results on whether the student has the Ebola virus. The student had been doing research on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen said the state’s guidelines are more stringent than those issued thus far by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The state’s guidelines are as follows:
If you become sick with a fever a fever or any of the symptoms of Ebola virus disease such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and you:
— have traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea in the last 21 days, or
— have had contact with a person who has Ebola virus disease...
...you will be sent to a hospital for evaluation and placed in room separate from other patients (this is called isolation).
If you are not sick, but have traveled to affected areas or been in contact with an infected individual, you will be required to stay at home for 21 days and take your temperature twice a day. Public health workers will contact you twice a day by phone to see how you are doing. This is called quarantine.
If you develop a fever or other symptoms suggestive of Ebola virus during the time that you are required to be home, you will be sent to a hospital for evaluation and placed in room separate from other patients.
How Ebola is transmitted
Could I get Ebola? According to the CDC:
— You can’t get Ebola though air.
— You can’t get Ebola through water.
— You can’t get Ebola through food.
The CDC says you can only get Ebola from:
—touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick or has died from Ebola;
—touching contaminated objects, like needles, or
—touching infected animals, their blood or other body fluids or their meat.
United Way 2-1-1 is providing information and links about Ebola on its website at www.211ct.org, or you can call 2-1-1.