Ebola Preparedness

Ebola Preparedness

CHI Memorial has an extremely effective infection-control system and a well-trained staff prepared to care for patients with a wide variety of infectious diseases, including the Ebola virus. Our top priority, as always, is the safety of our patients, staff, visitors and the community. Our leaders and clinicians, who have regular contact with state, local and federal health officials, are trained, prepared and equipped in infection-control procedures and protocols that will ensure top-quality care and the safety of everyone.

For the latest information about Ebola, visit www.cdc.gov

Facts about Ebola
Ebola virus is not spread through

  • Casual contact
  • Air
  • Water
  • Food grown or legally purchased in the U.S.

How do you get the Ebola virus?
Direct contact with

  1. Body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.(blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, spit, other fluids)
  2. Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment)
  3. Infected animals (by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat)

Early Symptoms
Ebola can only be spread to others after symptoms begin. Symptoms can appear from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain

When is someone able to spread the disease to others?
Ebola only spreads when people are sick.

A patient must have symptoms to spread the disease to others.

After 21 days, if an exposed person does not develop symptoms, they will not become sick with Ebola.

CHI Memorial Ebola Preparedness 

On October 3, 2014, CHI Memorial hosted a press conference about Ebola preparedness. Mark Anderson, M.D. and Lee Hamilton, M.D. spoke at press conference and media had the opportunity to ask questions and to tour the emergency department and other areas of the hospital. 

Dr. Mark Anderson

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