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General Information & Precautions Taken in Yolo County

The risk of an Ebola in the United States remains very low. There are no Ebola cases in Yolo County. The Yolo County Department of Health Services has been preparing, and will continue to prepare, for the unlikely chance that a person sick with Ebola comes to a Yolo County hospital.

The Yolo County Department of Health Services is in regular and frequent communication with local hospitals to share information about Ebola. These communications provide guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) about how to identify possible cases and prevent the spread of Ebola.

Hospital staff throughout Yolo County and the United States is routinely trained to put protections in place when dealing with contagious patients. Protections include gloves, waterproof gowns, face masks and eye protection. These measures are very effective in preventing the spread of infection. The Department of Health Services continues to make recommendations to local hospital staff and emergency responders for proper personal protection equipment. All of Yolo County facilities and first responder agencies are adequately equipped with proper personal protection equipment.

Hospitals have also have been given guidelines about isolating any individual with suspected Ebola virus, to prevent the spread of the virus to health care workers, patients and the public.

If a person in our county is suspected to have Ebola, the Yolo County Department of Health Services, local hospitals and the local medical community, with other partners, will work together to keep patients, visitors, employees and the public safe.

Ebola Facts

  • Ebola is found in West Africa in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
  • Ebola can only be spread by a person who is sick and has symptoms of the disease. The disease is spread by contact with a sick person’s bodily fluids.
  • It takes the following two components and also signs/symptoms of being ill to be considered a suspected/potential Ebola patient:
    • Travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia within 21 days (3 weeks)
    • Contact with a suspected or known Ebola patient within 21 days (3 weeks)
      and
    • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained hemorrhage
  • The Ebola virus has a 2-21 day incubation period. Ebola is spread through contact transmission with infection resulting primarily from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood, secretions, sweat or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. Ebola does not enter intact skin, but those with breaks or cuts are more susceptible to infection. The Ebola virus cannot be spread via airborne transmission. The presence of upper respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose) lowers the clinical suspicion of Ebola.
  • There are no Ebola cases in Yolo County, or in the State of California.
  • Yolo County Department of Health Services has been preparing, and continues to prepare for, the unlikely chance that a person in Yolo County becomes sick with Ebola.
  • The Yolo County Department of Health Services has shared information to help medical providers and hospitals in our community to be informed and prepared.

For more information on Ebola, visit the CDPH's Ebola Virus Information page.