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Mesa County Health Department is in close
contact with local hospitals to assure monitoring and reporting is in place to
assess the risk for patients arriving with Ebola symptoms and relevant travel
history. Area hospitals have plans in place to appropriately respond to
potential Ebola cases. 
Ebola is spread through direct contact
(through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the body fluids (blood, urine,
feces, saliva and other secretions) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with
objects such as needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or with
infected animals.  Ebola is not spread
through respiratory exposure such as coughing or sneezing.
Per the Center for Disease Control
and Prevention, symptoms of Ebola include:
·        
Fever
(greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
·        
Severe
headache
·        
Muscle
pain
·        
Weakness
·        
Diarrhea
·        
Vomiting
·        
Abdominal
(stomach) pain
·        
Unexplained
hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2
to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. Recovery
from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from
Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

For questions please call the Mesa
County Health Department Communicable Disease Reporting Line at (970) 254-4120.