What You Should Know About Ebola
Ebola is a rare and potentially deadly viral disease that health professionals have been treating in various parts of the world for many years. The current outbreak is contained within the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies are working together to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the U.S.
How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted by direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (such as needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or food.
What is my risk of exposure to Ebola at Wake Technical Community College?
The risk of being exposed at Wake Tech, or anywhere in the U.S., is extremely low. It can only occur if a person has direct contact with the body fluids (urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.
What is being done to safeguard the health and safety of the Wake Tech community?
Wake Tech has an Environmental Health and Safety office dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff on all its campuses. Staff are closely following recommendations that the CDC has issued specifically for colleges and universities. They are also continuing to gather relevant information from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Division of Public Health, the World Health Organization, and other agencies. In conjunction with Wake Tech’s Health Sciences Division, the college is communicating with infection control specialists at our local hospitals and public health department to make sure Wake Tech is prepared to respond to a potential emergency.
What if I have traveled to an affected country or have plans to do so?
The CDC advises against any non-essential travel to the affected countries. Please review the CDC guidelines for travelers at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/ebola.
Where can I get more information?
Call the NCDHHS Ebola information line: 1-844-836-8714.
At Wake Tech, contact Doug Plautz, Director of Environmental, Health & Safety, at 919-866-5548 or [email protected].