RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service
Budapest, Hungary
2014-11-07 06:02:50 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20141107-45914-USA
Date&Time: 2014-11-07 06:02:50 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Iowa,
Location: ,
City: Des Moines
Number of infected people: 13

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health say 13 travelers have returned to the state from the western African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in the past 21 days. Those countries have widespread transmission of the Ebola virus throughout the entire country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 13 in Iowa, 12 had a low risk of exposure to the virus and were allowed to resume normal activities. However, one had some risk of exposure and has been quarantined. That means the person must stay at home and take their temperature twice per day, including at least one with a public health official observing. The quarantine will remain in place for 21 days, which is the longest time the virus can remain in someone without showing symptoms. In a release, IDPH emphasized there was no risk to public safety and none of the 13 travelers have any symptoms consistent with Ebola. So far, there have been four cases of Ebola in the United States: three in Texas, including one patient who died, and one in New York, according to information posted to a page dedicated to Ebola on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website. By comparison, the CDC reports 7,702 lab-confirmed cases and 4,941 people have died of Ebola in west Africa. Health officials say they are only providing state-level data on Ebola because the combination of county-specific information and the low number of travelers returning from west Africa could lead to the identification of individuals, which would violate state law.

The name of Hazard: Ebola hemorrhagic viral fever (EVD, sup.)
Species: Human
Status: Suspected

Posted:2014-11-07 06:02:50 [UTC]