LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - While Ebola poses a very low risk to Arkansans, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is keeping a close watch on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to ensure the safety of Arkansas citizens.
ADH is working with hospitals, emergency medical service providers, faith-based organizations, the State Chamber of Commerce and the Departments of Education and Higher Education to ensure they have appropriate protocols in place to screen and monitor individuals who may have traveled to Arkansas from the affected West African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria).
Arkansas has no active or suspected cases of Ebola, and the risk is very low for the general public. Ebola only spreads from those who are infected AND are experiencing symptoms, such as fever or bleeding. Ebola is spread from person-to-person through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, vomit, diarrhea, sweat, semen and breast milk or by exposure to objects contaminated with bodily fluids, such as needles. Ebola does not spread through air, food or water.
The most critical step to preventing the spread of Ebola is identifying those with fever or other symptoms who have travelled from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria within the last 21 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidelines for the management of any individual who has been in the four West African countries currently involved in the Ebola outbreak.
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