Ebola in the News: Stay Informed

In light of recent news coverage of the Ebola outbreak affecting countries primarily in West Africa, a number of resources have been released from the Centers for Disease Control. Mifflin Township residents are encouraged to visit the CDC website or download this Ebola Fact Sheet to remain up to date and educated on the transmission, signs, and risk of exposure to the disease.

Although the current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.

On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.

Franklin County Public Health has a robust Infectious Disease Reporting System in place to receive notification from hospitals, labs and healthcare providers when there are suspected cases of any infectious disease. This assures that Franklin County is involved quickly in the disease investigation and can work to prevent additional cases.