Ebola Virus Disease

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  • There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola identified in SLO County or in California, and there is no significant risk of an Ebola epidemic anywhere in the United States. 
  • You can only get Ebola from direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
  • Persons with Ebola can only spread the disease when they have symptoms. 
  • Latest updates on Ebola are available through these official sources:    

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Is Ebola in SLO County?
Is SLO County prepared for Ebola?         

Answers from the CDC:

What is Ebola?
How does it spread?
What are the signs and symptoms?
What is the treatment for Ebola?
How do I protect myself against Ebola?
Are there any other cases of people in the U.S. getting Ebola?
Is there a danger of Ebola spreading in the U.S.?
What is being done to prevent ill travelers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
What is CDC doing in the U.S. about the outbreak in West Africa?
How do I know if I have seasonal influenza or Ebola?
How many cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the U.S. and West Africa?

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Guidance from SLO Public Health

Guidance from CDC 

Guidance from CDPH 

Guidance from Cal/OSHA


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Is Ebola in SLO County?

No. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola identified in SLO County or in California, and there is no significant risk of an Ebola epidemic anywhere in the United States. The risk of Ebola reaching SLO County is particularly low as we have no direct international flights and few travelers from the West African countries currently affected by Ebola.

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Is SLO County prepared for Ebola?

Yes. Despite the low risk, the SLO Public Health Department has taken steps to prepare for the unlikely event that a suspected case of Ebola appears in our county, and we have provided guidance documents to our local healthcare community so that they will be prepared as well.

10/29/14: CDPH issued a quarantine order and associated guidelines that require counties to individually assess persons at risk for Ebola and tailor an appropriate level of quarantine as needed. This flexible, case-by-case approach will ensure that local health officers throughout the state prevent spread of the disease, while ensuring that individuals at risk for Ebola are treated fairly and consistently. More information available at CDPH.

Local Ebola planning has been underway since September 2014. Specific actions have included the following:

  • Working with hospitals and ambulatory care providers, including Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders, to ensure that staff are adequately trained to identify, isolate, and provide at least initial care for an Ebola patient, while maintaining protection for staff.

  • Meeting weekly with stakeholders, to include hospital, EMS, and urgent care representatives, as well as from Law Enforcement, Coast Guard, Airport, and others, using an incident action plan to assign roles and responsibilities, get status updates, and further develop response plans.
  • Reading and distributing federal and state guidance documents or teleconference minutes to appropriate partners.
  • Assuring readiness to provide active monitoring of any person who enters the County with a potential exposure to Ebola.
  • Answering inquiries from the general public, media and heath care system personnel about Ebola.

The SLO Public Health Department will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate additional preparation efforts with our local community partners, as well as the CDC, the Laboratory Response Network, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and other health departments throughout the state. 

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