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The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (“Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak of the disease in history. The outbreak is primarily affecting individuals in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, though has more recently caused Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States and other countries. The Oak Creek Health Department is monitoring the worldwide situation and working very closely with community and state partners in preparing for and responding to situations that might be related to Ebola.
A toll free line is available for WI residents with questions about the Ebola virus. Residents can dial 1-844-684-1064, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The calls are free, confidential, and multi-lingual.
Local and State Activity
- Information on state preparation for Ebola can be found on WI Department of Health Services website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/diseasepages/ebola.htm
- The Oak Creek Health Department continually monitors the Ebola situation.
- The health department and partners are discussing protocols, conducting drills and training staff in preparation for any potential Ebola response.
General Information about Ebola
The Health Department recommends members of the public learn more about Ebola Virus Disease, its signs and symptoms, and how it is spread by using information available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- General information (Español) (Francés)
- Frequently asked questions
- Signs and symptoms
- Risk of exposure
Information for Health Care Providers
General information for Health Care Providers is available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html
- Case definition
- Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment
- Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that it is collaborating with three Wisconsin health systems to care for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of Ebola. For more information view the Press Release.