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Ebola: Prepared and Ready
Charlotte hospital officials say they’re prepared if Ebola strikes (Oct. 1, 2014, Charlotte Observer)
Local docs dispel Ebola myths, talk prevention (Oct. 2, 2014, WCNC)
White House praises health system on addressing Ebola in U.S. (Oct. 3, 2014, WSOC)
Join our Ebola live chat #FactsNotFear (Oct. 16, 2014 WCNC)
On the Lookout for Ebola (Oct. 18, 2014 New York Times)
CMC says it is prepared to meet new Ebola guidelines (Oct. 21, 2014 WCNC)
Carolinas HealthCare System facilities have been planning since this summer for the possibility of Ebola-Viral Hemorrhagic Fever spreading within the United States. We are prepared to provide treatment for a patient with Ebola, while maintaining the safety of other patients, our staff and visitors.
This page explains what Ebola is, how it spreads, what to do if you have concerns, and the steps Carolinas HealthCare System is taking to keep our patients, staff and communities safe.
Symptoms of Ebola include:
These symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. A person infected with the virus is not contagious until symptoms appear.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Ebola is only spread through direct contact – through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth – with:
Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food.
Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients, and family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients, are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected patients’ blood or body fluids. For this reason, personal protective equipment and proper cleaning procedures are critical.
North Carolina residents with specific questions or concerns about Ebola, or those who need to report symptoms, should call the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-844-836-8714.
Since this summer, many teams across Carolinas HealthCare System have been planning for a potential Ebola patient. In fact, the White House recently praised Carolinas Medical Center for how it handled a patient in July who presented with Ebola-like symptoms, but was later diagnosed with another illness.
Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals and clinics have begun the following preparations: