Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Jamestown Community College is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on the Ebola virus outbreak in several West African counties, as well as advisories from the New York State Department of Health.

Currently, the CDC states that this outbreak does not pose a significant threat to the United States.

The CDC has issued warnings to avoid non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, because of the worsening situation in those countries. An alert to practice enhanced precautions has been issued for travel to Nigeria. In light of this, we will generally not support travel to West Africa at this time.

For more information on the CDC’s monitoring and recommendations please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

Some brief facts on Ebola from the CDC webpages: Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

The CDC recommends that persons who have traveled to West Africa monitor their health after their return.  Persons returning from an affected area but have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a healthcare provider immediately. 

If possible, contact the healthcare provider by phone before presenting in person so that they may take the proper precautions to avoid exposure to people at the healthcare facility.

Please contact the JCC Health Center if you have any questions or concerns:

Jamestown Campus
Hours:     Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:    716.338.1013
Fax:        716.338.1461

Cattaraugus County Campus
Hours:    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:    716.376.7569