THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

California health authorities report no Ebola cases in state

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported on Tuesday that no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the state.

The CDPH said that it is working with local healthcare providers to identify patients who have traveled to countries affected by Ebola. Some low-risk patients may be tested out of caution.

Health providers are also being directed to follow protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the diagnosis and treatment of patients suspected to have Ebola, including the isolation of those who may be at a high risk of having the disease and the shipment of their blood to the CDC. No patients admitted to California hospitals have met the CDC criteria for being high-risk.

The CDPH also said that state and local public health officials are closely monitoring the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and that California is equipped to prevent the spread of the disease.

The CDPH recently issued a statement that said Ebola does not pose a significant threat to the state, and that people cannot contract Ebola through the air, food or water. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, and those who do not show symptoms of the disease are not contagious.

More than 1350 people have died so far from the current ebola outbreak, which is the most severe in history. Most of the cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.