Ohio Health Officials Issue Stronger Quarantine Protocols For Ebola

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The Ohio Department of Health said on Thursday that it is issuing stronger recommended quarantine protocols. This comes after a nurse traveled to Ohio after treating an Ebola patient in Texas.


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The agency is telling local departments responding to suspected Ebola cases to follow these guidelines.

• For individuals with any direct physical contact with the index case (including brief contact such as a handshake without personal protective equipment), ODH recommends quarantine for 21 days after the last contact in conjunction with public health officials.

• For individuals without direct contact, but within a three foot radius of the index case (such as adjacent passengers in an airplane or car) for a prolonged period of time, ODH recommends twice-daily temperature-taking and symptom check (one observed by a public health official) for 21 days after the last contact with the index case.

• For individuals without direct contact but in the vicinity of the index case as indicated by a public health official, notification and self-monitoring is recommended.

Individuals in any of the above categories who have an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, or develop symptoms including muscle aches, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea or bruising/bleeding, should seek medical evaluation and testing.

ODH has activated a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer questions about Ebola and Ohio’s response.

The telephone number is 1-866-800-1404 or visit the Ohio Health Department website.


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Chronology

Oct. 16: ODH in consultation with infectious disease experts across the state issues enhanced Ebola quarantine protocols for individuals in proximity of index cases.

Oct. 15: CDC responds to Gov. John R. Kasich’s request by agreeing to send staff to Ohio to help support Ohio’s state and local Ebola response efforts.

ODH deploys state epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio and other staff to Summit County to assist with its efforts; participates in Summit County Public Health’s news conference.

Gov. Kasich talks with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, as well as CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. Kasich requests CDC staff to be deployed to Ohio to assist with patient contact work.

ODH notified by CDC that Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola was in Summit County Oct. 10-13.

Oct. 14: Ohio conducts a tabletop exercise and preparedness seminar with health care partners representing hospitals, physicians, nurses, EMS responders and local health departments.

July-Pres.: ODH shares Ebola preparedness guidance with health care providers and local health departments