Ebola Virus Information
What you need to know about Ebola Virus.
The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) outbreak is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is very low; however, the CDC and local, state and federal partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening.
While there have only been a handful of cases diagnosed in the U.S., we’re prepared to protect patients, physicians, nurses, and associates from Ebola transmission. We’ve taken steps to help us safely evaluate and treat anyone suspected of having Ebola. These include:
- Meeting recommendations and guidelines from CDC and working closely with public health officials in Colorado and Kansas.
- Carefully screening patients entering our entities for Ebola risk factors and symptoms.
- Conducting drills in our emergency departments, ICU units and clinics/practices to make sure everyone is trained.
- Updating our care protocols and training to reflect the latest information, and incorporating learnings from the handful of cases in the U.S.
- Following national and state standards for early detection and care.
All of which are being overseen and directed by our infection preventionists and emergency preparedness teams.
What to do if you have symptoms or think you’ve been exposed
Remember, Ebola can only be spread through direct contact with the body fluids of someone sick with Ebola, or objects contaminated with the virus (like needles), and transmission occurs only while the person is experiencing symptoms.
If you recently traveled to Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia and have a fever or are otherwise ill, or you’ve been in contact with someone who was diagnosed with Ebola, please call 303-777-6877 (in Metro Denver) OR call 800-327-6877.
Resources for consumers and health professionals:
- American Psychology Association – Managing Your Fear About Ebola
- CO Help is available to answer consumer questions – 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Information about the Ebola Virus
- Colorado Health Association – Ebola Virus resources for hospitals & providers
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Ebola Information
- Kansas Department of Health & Environment – Ebola Information
- PublicHealthEmergency.org – Preparedness information
- World Health Organization – Ebola Virus fact sheet