Ebola update: November 19, 2014
November 20, 2014
Situational Awareness Report December 10, 2014
There are still 0 confirmed cases in Massachusetts. The CDC has announced some stabilization and even a decrease in some areas of Liberia of Ebola outbreaks. Sierra Leone and Guinea still have intense transmission. Mali has had 8 cases with 6 deaths but it is being contained in that country. Containment is being achieved by implementing better protective equipment techniques and from lessons learned in the past months. Before coming out of an endemic country, a healthcare worker will be monitored for a full 21 days without having contact to patients.
The importance of Malaria prophylaxis is being stressed because when Ebola is suspected, Malaria is usually the cause and the treatment may have been postponed because of the Ebola suspicion. In America, there have been 33 suspected cases of Ebola in recent travelers that have all tested negative for Ebola but positive for Malaria and Influenza and 2 of these cases has died from the other diseases.
Public Health Departments will be notified if anyone is coming into their city from an endemic country and will take the lead in daily surveillance of the person's condition whether in person or by phone. Each Public health Department has the protocol if an elevated temperature is noted in one of these people within the 21 day period.
CDC stresses that Ebola is not contagious during the early fever period.
Situational Awareness Report: Ebola Monitoring from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management
November 19, 2014
There are 0 confirmed cases in Massachusetts.
There are 0 confirmed cases in New England.
There are 0 confirmed cases in the United States.
The disease continues to affect the populations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. CDC recently added Mali to the list of affected countries. As of November 14th the World Health Organization reports: Total Cases: 14,383, Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 8892; Total Deaths: 5165.
The City Public Health Departments of Massachusetts, including Revere continue to monitor ongoing reports and conference calls and prepare for the low, but present risk of Ebola. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are the experts from which Revere receives guidance and education. Look for updates to this virus in the coming weeks.