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Adventist Health Ebola Screening Procedures

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Ebola is still rare in the United States. The key to preventing the spread of the virus is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible.

To help with this effort, Adventist Health is following the Ebola screening guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A patient who meets BOTH of the criteria below will be moved IMMEDIATELY to a private room for isolation and testing. Standard, contact and droplet infection precautions will be followed when assessing, treating and transporting the patient

1. Signs and symptoms of Ebola. Fever and additional symptoms such as headache; joint and muscle aches/pain; weakness; fatigue; diarrhea; vomiting; stomach pain; lack of appetite; and, in some cases, unexplained bleeding.

2. Travel to West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone or other countries where the World Health Organization has reported Ebola transmission) within 21 days (3 weeks) of symptom onset.

In addition, the following persons or organizations will be IMMEDIATELY notified:
• Hospital leadership.

• Local and state public health authorities.

• CDC's Emergency Operations Center.