Information ASTHO sent to state health officials, senior
deputies, and preparedness directors on Oct. 17, 2014
As of Oct. 12, 2014, a total
of 80973 cases of Ebola and4484 deaths have been reported in
countries with outbreaks.
- Guinea reported1472
cases, including843 deaths.
- Liberia reported4249
cases, including2458 deaths.
- Sierra Leone
reported3252 cases, including1183 deaths.
US Ebola Cases
On October 10, a healthcare
worker who provided care for the index patient at Texas Health Presbyterian
Hospital tested positive for Ebola.
- The healthcare worker was
isolated after initial reports of fever.
- CDC interviewed the
healthcare worker to identify any contacts or potential exposures in
On October 15, a second
healthcare worker who provided care for the index patient at Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for Ebola.
- On the morning of October
14, the healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade
fever and was isolated.
- The healthcare worker had
traveled by air October 13, the day before she reported symptoms.
Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and the
first report of illness, CDC is contacting passengers who flew on the
flight from Cleveland to Dallas.
- The healthcare worker did
not exhibit signs or symptoms while on the flight.
- Public health professionals
have begun interviewing passengers about the flight, answering their
questions, and arranging follow up.
- Because of the ongoing
investigation, additional exposures are not expected.
CDC has enhanced its
outreach with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other partners
at ports of entry (primarily international airports) to use routine
procedures for identifying and reporting travelers who show signs of
- CDC and DHS are beginning
enhanced entry screening at five U.S. airports (New York JFK,
Washington Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O'Hare International, and
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson) to take additional steps to help prevent
further spread of Ebola and to ensure that anyone found to be sick
with Ebola at U.S. airports receives appropriate care immediately. This
will enable evaluation of over 94% of travelers from countries with
Additional details can be
found in the CDC
Key Messages issued on October 16th.
Upcoming CDC Press
Information about upcoming
CDC press briefings is available on the CDC
Newsroom page. This page also houses transcripts of recent
briefings and media advisories.
ASTHO has launched the
Ebola Virus Disease: Information for States and Territories.
This page can be used to find resources from CDC, state health agencies,
and other outlets compiled in one convenient location. If you have an Ebola
preparedness-related product or activity from your jurisdiction you would
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NEW! On the ASTHO
Texas Ebola Response
Kentucky Public Health
Ebola Tabletop Exercise
ASTHO also has a press release - State
and Territorial Health Departments Working Overtime to Prepare for Ebola
and blog post - On
the Front Lines: A Look at How States are Preparing for an Ebola Response
highlighting the critical state role in Ebola response.
Updates as of October 15, 2014
Release: CDC and Frontier Airlines Announce Passenger Notification Underway
Statement: Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in a Healthcare Worker
Waste Management Information
Airport Screening Fact Sheet
Sheet: CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola
about Ebola and Pets
about Ebola Infographic
content on Ebola on your website that will update automatically.
Virus Disease Contact Tracing Form
& Summary of ID Week Presentation by Dr. Bruce Ribner, Emory
University, on his experiences caring for two Ebola patients.
and Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease - New York City, 2014
Isaac Benowitz, MD, Joel
Ackelsberg, MD, Sharon E. Balter, MD, at al. MMWR 2014;63:934-6
Symposium, Vaccine Seen as Best Hope for Arresting Ebola (CIDRAP) At a
wide-ranging symposium on West Africa's Ebola epidemic today, much of the
attention focused on the hope of an effective vaccine, as a US official
announced that a large clinical trial of two candidate vaccines may be
launched in Liberia in December.
to Deploy Ebola Response Team to Help Hospitals (CIDRAP) The CDC has
established an Ebola response team to immediately deploy to any hospital
that has a confirmed Ebola patient, one of several steps under way as
federal health officials reassess the nation's response in the wake of an
infected Dallas nurse.
Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report 15 October 2014 (WHO) A total of 8997
confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been
reported in seven affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal,
Sierra Leone, Spain, and the US) through the end of 12 October. There have
been 4493 deaths.
Ebola-infected Dallas Nurse Triggers Air Passenger Tracing (CIDRAP) Ebola's
impact on the US reached
far beyond Texas today, as federal and state health officials revealed
preliminary test results indicating infection in a second nurse who had
flown to Dallas from Ohio hours before she reported having a fever.
Online State Health
Malloy Signs Order that Will Assist the State's Emergency Response in the
Event of a Confirmed Infection or Exposure to Ebola
Preparedness ramps up in New Jersey as hospitals told to hold drills
health departments say few Ohioans need worry about the disease