Published on October 26, 2014

Ebola Preparedness At Pella Regional

Infection Prevention and Quality/Safety have been working closely with public health on preparations for possible Ebola patients at Pella Regional. As always, the safety of our patients, staff and communities is our highest priority. We have a policy in place for containment and supportive treatment for the patient while collaborating with public health for patient transfer to appropriate facilities for further treatment.

Ebola Preparedness Throughout Nation

The CDC has announced that public health authorities are doing active monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.

These travelers are now arriving to the United States at 1 of 5 airports where entry screening is being conducted. Monitoring means that travelers without symptoms consistent with Ebola will be followed up daily by health departments for 21 days from the date of their departure from West Africa. 21 days is the longest time it can take from the time a person is infected with Ebola until that person has symptoms of Ebola.
They must report their temperature and the presence or absence of other Ebola symptoms; and their intent to travel in-state or out-of-state. In the event a traveler does not report in, health officials will take immediate steps to locate the individual to ensure that active monitoring continues on a daily basis.