Disease Control & Prevention
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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)  

Thurston County Update

  • There are no Ebola cases in Thurston County ~ Dr. Rachel Wood, Thurston County Health Officer.
  • Key Facts about Ebola:
    • Ebola is a virus that spreads from person-to-person by direct contact with blood or body fluids (such as diarrhea, vomit) of someone who is sick with the disease. 
    • You do not get Ebola from casual contact with others, air, water or food.
    • Risk for becoming sick with Ebola is very low for the general public. 
    • Ebola is only contagious when symptoms are present in a person who is sick with the disease. 

Information about the Disease

 Ebola and Influenza (Flu)

  • What to do if you think you have Ebola:
    • The flu and Ebola both result in fever, headaches, muscle pain and fatigue. The flu can also produce a cough, sore throat and runny nose, but Ebola does not. Ebola can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, bleeding and bruising.

    • The most important thing to remember is that if you have not been in direct contact with someone who is sick with Ebola, you cannot have Ebola. All of the people who have had Ebola in the U.S. either visited an Ebola-affected country in West Africa or cared for a sick Ebola patient.

    • If you have been in West Africa in the last 21 days and were potentially exposed to someone sick with Ebola, and you are now feeling symptoms consistent with Ebola, you should first call your health care provider or local Emergency Department to let them know. You will then be instructed where to go for testing and treatment.

  • Is It Flu or Ebola Factsheet [PDF]

Information for Travelers

Information for Health Care Professionals

Infection Control & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Status of Outbreak


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This page last updated: 04/29/17