Provider News Winter 2015 - Ebola

Ebola preparation continues in Shasta County

Shasta County Public Health has been working diligently in partnership with regional hospitals to prepare for the unlikely event that a local case of Ebola arises. Some of these strategies include:

  • Shasta County Public Health Laboratory is available to go to all five regional hospitals to package and ship specimens to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), should it be necessary.
  • Public Health’s regional epidemiologist is available to answer general questions regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for our catchment area county partners.
  • We routinely update our Hospital Preparedness Partners with current Ebola information, and have connected with area institutions that regularly send travelers to Africa.
  • Our website is frequently updated with current Ebola information under "Current Health Concerns."
  • We are participating in many Ebola teleconferences to stay abreast of current information.

Because flu and Ebola symptoms are similar, please assure your patients that Ebola is not spread through casual contact, air, food or water. It is only through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person (e.g. diarrhea, vomit, blood) and parenteral exposure to contaminated objects like needles.