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West Virginia Ebola Information Resource Center

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health has created the West Virginia Ebola Information Resource Center for the purpose of having a single location pulling the latest information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Virginia Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services, and West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness. 

What is Ebola?  Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal, disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Researchers believe that Ebola is zoonotic, which is a disease that can be passed from animals, whether wild or domesticated, to humans. Bats are the most likely reservoir of the disease. Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.

Disease Transmission: Ebola is transmitted from human-to-human by direct contact with the blood, saliva, mucous or other bodily fluids of an infected person in the contagious stage – or from contact with surfaces and materials contaminated with the blood, saliva, mucous or other bodily fluids of an infected person in the contagious stage. An infected person is not contagious until symptoms appear. Ebola is not spread through the air. Ebola is not spread through water. In the United States, Ebola is not spread through food.  Learn about Ebola prevention by clicking here.

National Situation: 
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries(http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/distribution-map.html#areas) in West Africa. Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States(http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/united-states-imported-case.html). CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent additional cases of Ebola in the United States.

Current West Virginia Information:  There are no Ebola cases in West Virginia.  The Bureau for Public Health is utilizing existing systems in place, including the Health Alert Network, to share the latest Ebola guidance and information from CDC with health system partners including hospitals, local health departments, laboratories, and others. 

Hospitals, Health Departments, EMS, Healthcare Providers and others may contact an epidemiologist with the West Virginia Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for consultations or guidance pertaining to treatment, isolation, infectious waste and protective equipment protocols at (304) 558-5358 ext. 1, or 1 (800) 423-1271 ext. 1.

How Is the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health Preparing to Respond to a Potential Ebola case?
Should a case of Ebola be detected in West Virginia, the Bureau for Public Health would use the current public health preparedness system(s) to plan and prepare a response specific to Ebola with CDC guidance. Any response to an outbreak in West Virginia would include several primary entities from the Bureau for Public Health including the Center for Threat Preparedness, Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services, Office of Environmental Health Services, Center for Local Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Office of Laboratory Services, and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  The Bureau for Public Health would work the local health department in the county of jurisdiction.  If a case of Ebola ever occurs in West Virginia, the latest information will be posted on this website. 

Where can I call for more information on Ebola? 
Healthcare providers may contact the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services at (304) 558-5358 or 1 (800) 423-1271.  West Virginia emergency responders and local emergency managers may call the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness at (304) 558-6900.  The general public should contact their local health department for information by calling their office. Find the local health department's phone number in your county by clicking here.  
You may also find this printable copy of all local heath department phone numbers useful.

Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Facts:
Please find an informational document here that answers most questions about Ebola.

The CDC has updated Ebola informaiton listed here 
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The following are links to specific information regarding Ebola:



U.S. Healthcare Settings:  Click this link to be redirected to CDC for guidance and recommendations, laboratory information, protecting healthcare workers, and general information.

Healthcare Settings in WV:  Click here to find reporting guidelines for suspect or confirmed cases, surveillance protocol, case definition, required forms, and general information on Ebola from the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Servics. You will also find a provider letter from the State Health Officer and frequently asked questions.

More Links for Healthcare Settings,  Healthcare Providers and Labs:

* Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements for Ebola December 4, 2014
* Interim Guidance for U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Patients with Possible or Confirmed Ebola (Framework for Tiered Approach) December 3, 2014
* Best Practices for Procuring Personal Protective Equipment  November 20, 2014
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Guidance for Screening and Caring for Pregnant Women with Ebola for Healthcare Providers in U.S. November 17, 2014

* Behavioral Health Guidelines for Medical Isolation (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) November 16, 2014
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Ebola Medical Waste Management (CDC) for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers   November 3, 2014
* Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Exposure   November 1, 2014
* Ebola Laboratory Guidance Document for Collection and Referral of Specimens   October 31, 2014 
* Is it Flu or Ebola Poster? (CDC) October 30,2014
* West Virginia Ebola Screening Flyer - Three Step Process October 29, 2014
* Ebola Patient Contract Tracing (CDC) October 28, 2014
* Health Advisory #91 - Guidance for Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(CDC) October 27, 2014
* Emergency Department Evaluation and Management of Patients with Possible Ebola (CDC) October 27, 2014
* Ebola Updated Key Messages October 24, 2014 (CDC)
* Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA) October 27, 2014
* When Caring for Suspect or Confirmed Patients with Ebola - (BPH) October 24, 2014
* Interim Guidance Regarding Compliance with Select Agent Regulations for Labs Handling Patients Specimens (Ebola) October 24, 2014
* Healthcare Provider Stress (CSTS) October 21, 2014
* Leadership During Stressful Times (CSTS) October 21, 2014
* Interim Hospital Infection Control - Hospital Room Cleaning, Linens (CDC) October 21, 2014
* Guidance on PPE (CDC) October 20, 2014
* CDC Fact Sheet on PPE October 20, 2014
* Could It Be Ebola - Inforgraphic (Think, Evaluate, Consult) - CDC October 20, 2014
* Chlorine Is Not a Cure for Ebola - October 20, 2014
* Temperature Change and PPE Tool Notice (WV State Health Officer) October 17, 2014
* Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness
* CDC Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
* CDC Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola
* CDC Healthcare Provider Preparedness Checklist for Ebloa
* CDC NIH graphic of packaging and shipping specimens
​* Isolation Authority
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Guidance for Collection Transport Testing
* Isolation Authority

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Quick Fact Graphic
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Handling Human Remains
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Handling Patients that may have Ebola
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Care for Patients with Ebola
* Clinician Information

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Collecting Blood Samples
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Infection Control Guidance
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Memory Aid for Infection Control
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Occupational Health and Safety 
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Putting on PPE (Donning) - From University of Nebraska
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Removing PPE (Doffing) - From University of Nebraska
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Travel and Transport Risk Assessment Guidance
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Ebola and info graphic
* CDC MMWR Report on Ebola 1 ( African Outbreak)
* CDC MMWR Report on Ebola 2 (Outbreak)
* CDC MMWR Report on Ebola 3 (Outbreak)
* WV Colleague Letter 1 - September 15, 2014 (State Health Officer)
* WV Colleague Letter 2 - October 3, 2014 (State Health Officer) 
* WV Colleague Letter 3 - October 15, 2014 (State Health Officer)

EMS, Fire and Police Department Information:
The following documents may be useful to EMS, Fire Departments and Police Departments: 
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Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements for Ebola December 4, 2014
* Best Practices for Procuring Personal Protective Equipment  November 20, 2014
* Interim Guidance for U.S. Residence Decontamination for Ebola and Removal of Contaminated Waste  November 6, 2014
* Ebola Medical Waste Management (CDC) for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers   November 3, 2014
* Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Exposure   November 1, 2014
* Health Advisory #91 - Guidance for Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(CDC) October 27, 2014
* EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (CDC / ASPR) October 24, 2014
* Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA) October 27, 2014
* Ebola Update and Resource List for First Responders and 911 Answering Points - October 22, 2014
* Leadership During Stressful Times (CSTS) October 21, 2014
* Guidance on PPE (CDC) October 20, 2014
* CDC Fact Sheet on PPE October 20, 2014
* Chlorine Is Not a Cure for Ebola - October 20, 2014
* Could It Be Ebola - Inforgraphic (Think, Evaluate, Consult) - CDC October 20, 2014
* Temperature Change and PPE Tool Notice (WV State Health Officer) October 17, 2014
* Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease
* Isolation Authority                                                         
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Guidance for Collection Transport Testing                         
* Isolation Authority
 
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Quick Fact Graphic 
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Handling Human Remains 
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Handling Patients that may have Ebola 
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Care for Patients with Ebola 
* Clinician Information
 
Collecting Blood Samples 
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Infection Control Guidance 
*
Memory Aid for Infection Control 
*
Occupational Health and Safety 
*
Putting on PPE (Donning) - From University of Nebraska
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Removing PPE (Doffing) - From University of Nebraska
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Travel and Transport Risk Assessment Guidance 
* Click Here For Information from the Bureau for Public Health's Office of Emergency Services (OEMS)
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Information for Funeral Homes and County Coroners:
* Best Practices for Procuring Personal Protective Equipment  November 20, 2014
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Ebola Medical Waste Management (CDC) for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers November 3, 2014
* Health Advisory #91 - Guidance for Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(CDC) October 27, 2014
* Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA) October 27, 2014
* Guidance on PPE (CDC) October 20, 2014
* CDC Fact Sheet on PPE October 20, 2014
* Quick Fact Graphic
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Handling Human Remains
* Infection Control Guidance
* Putting on PPE (Donning) - From University of Nebraska
*
Removing PPE (Doffing) - From University of Nebraska 
* Contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at (304) 558-6920 or go to
http://www.wvdhhr.org/ocme/index.asp

General public information:   ​Members of the general public wanting more information on Ebola including fact sheets, posters, brochures, etc., will find them here from CDC.    Find Ebola resources for parents, schools and pediatric healthcare professionals from CDC here.

Additional Links of Interest to the public:
* Why Ebola is Not Likely to Become Airborne December 2, 2014 
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Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets November 17, 2014
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Resources for Parents, Schools and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals (CDC) November 6, 2014
* Is it Flu or Ebola Poster? (CDC) October 30,2014
* What You Need to Know About Ebola  (CDC) October 28, 2014
* "Speaking with Children" Tips for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers During Outbreaks (SAMHSA) October 27, 2014
* Maintaining Your Health - (CSTS) October 21, 2014
* Disaster Hotline - Scared or Afraid? Coping in a Disaster (CSTS) October 21, 2014
* Chlorine Is Not a Cure for Ebola - October 20, 2014
* Ebola and Pets
* Ebola and info graphic
* CDC MMWR Report on Ebola 1 ( African Outbreak)
* CDC MMWR Report on Ebola 2 (Outbreak)
* CDC MMWR Report on Ebola 3 (Outbreak)
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