Ebola Update

Ebola Update

Dear Medway Families:

Please read this updated information on Ebola from the Massachusetts Department of Public health

FACT: There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Massachusetts.

  • For an individual to be considered at risk for Ebola, he or she must:
  • Have traveled in the past 21 days to: Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone AND/OR
  • Have had direct, unprotected contact with blood or body fluids from an Ebola patient AND have a fever of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher and have symptoms, such as headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained bleeding.

FACT: It is extraordinarily unlikely that a child at risk of Ebola would be attending a pre-school program, or primary or secondary school. It is possible that children could have parents or other family members who have traveled to Ebola-affected countries or are health care workers that have cared for Ebola patients, but at this time neither of these scenarios has occurred.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Public health agencies are aware of anyone arriving from Ebola-affected countries and are monitoring them for their period of risk of developing signs of infection.
  • Even if someone has had an exposure that can lead to infection, they are not infectious unless they develop symptoms. Even then, they are least infectious at the onset of symptoms. They become more infectious as the disease progresses, by which time it is extremely unlikely that they would be in school.
  • If a child attending school has a family member or other close contact that is considered at risk for exposure to Ebola virus, that individual or those individuals will be under the surveillance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and/or local public health for the entire duration of 21 days after last exposure. If one of these individuals develops symptoms, there will be an immediate intervention pending clinical evaluation to assure the health of the children and the public.
  • The outer limit of incubation period for Ebola is 21 days. If someone directly exposed to Ebola does not develop symptoms within 21 days, they are no longer at risk of developing disease.
  • Ebola virus, much like HIV, is a very fragile virus. Basic cleaning and disinfection of surfaces contaminated by the blood and body fluids is all that is required.

For more information visit:

The MDPH web site: www.mass.gov/ebola         The Boston Public Health web site: www.bphc.org

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola

The MDPH, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization is available 24/7 at 617-983-6800 to answer your questions and provide advice about situations of concern.

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