Stronger protocol issued in Ohio for Ebola quarantine

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has recommended new, stronger protocols for local health departments in dealing with suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in the state.
“The ODH guidelines are being recommended out of an abundance of caution to take strong measures to protect Ohio residents,” State Epidemiologist and interim Chief of the ODH Bureau of Prevention and Health Promotion Mary DiOrio said. “It has become clear that we cannot be too careful in efforts to contain the spread of this deadly disease.”
The state’s new guidelines include individuals being quarantined for 21 days after last being in direct contact with a case of Ebola, individuals getting checked for symptoms and having their temperature taken twice a day after being within three feet of a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola and for those in the vicinity of a suspected or confirmed case, self-monitoring and notifying a public health official is deemed necessary.
Any people in any of these three situations who also have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, or who have Ebola symptoms such as muscle aches, weakness, vomiting, bruising, bleeding or diarrhea should seek immediate medical attention.
The ODH has also created a 24-hour call center for those with questions regarding Ebola. The number is 1-866-800-1404. Information can also be accessed at www.odh.ohio.gov and www.cdc.gov.

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