Ebola Facts and Information
Wise Health System takes the care of our patients and our community very seriously. Our staff takes part in local and regional trainings to assure that we are ready to care for patients in the event of a situation involving a communicable disease.
Wise Health System Precautions
Wise Health System has stringent infection prevention protocols in place and staff is following all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our hospital is equipped to handle isolation needs, if someone presents exhibiting symptoms.
Important Information about Ebola
For information about the virus, please take some time to review these info sheets or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How is Ebola Transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted in only two ways:
Direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, urine, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
contact with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of an infected person or with infected animals.
Signs and Symptoms
A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.
Signs and Symptoms of Ebola typically include:
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.
For information about the virus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.