23 Washingtonians Watched for West African Ebola Virus Disease
Here we go again?
Washington state Department of Health officials issued a statement that disclosed they are keeping tabs on 23 low-risk people who recently returned from traveling to the West African countries of Guinea and Democratic Republic of the Congo for potential Ebola virus disease infection.
These people are being labeled as 'persons under monitoring' for 21 days after arriving back in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued an order requiring airlines to collect and provide the CDC with contact information for passengers who were in Guinea or the Democratic Republic of Congo within 21 days of arriving in the United States.
Once those travelers arrive, public health officials are notified and conduct health monitoring and other public health follow-ups.
The risk of getting Ebola in the United States is very low, according to the Department of Health. It’s a rare and deadly disease in people and nonhuman primates that can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal or person.
But if you get it, lookout.
The death rate for the Ebola virus is quite high, between 50% and 90%. More recent data puts the current occurrence of death as a result of the Ebola virus at between 60% and 65%. Early and effective treatment can actually reduce Ebola death rate significantly.
Recovery from the illness can be quick and complete. However, if the patient has been affected for a prolonged period of time, the degeneration of particular areas of the body can be quite severe and irreversible. These include pain in the joints, flaking skin, hair loss, inflamed testicles, and muscle pain. Some other effects are particular to the eyes, even blindness in some severe cases.
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