Ebola Information Hotline: 877-857-2945

On November 4, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Mark Norris

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) is answering calls from Tennessee residents regarding the Ebola virus.
All calls are free of charge, and will be answered between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week. TPC is certified as the statewide poison control center by the Tennessee Department of Health and is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
Signs and Symptoms of Ebola
A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and Symptoms of Ebola typically include:

•Fever (greater than 101.5°F)
•Severe headache
•Muscle pain
•Stomach pain
•Unexplained bleeding or bruising

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola but the average is 8 to 10 days.

How does the Ebola infection spread?

When an infection does occur in humans, there are several ways the virus can be spread to others. These include:

•direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, urine, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.

•contact with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with
the blood or body fluids of an infected person or with infected animals.

The virus in the blood and body fluids can enter another person’s body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth.

The viruses that cause Ebola are often spread among families and friends because they come in close contact with blood or body fluids when caring for ill persons.

How do I protect myself against Ebola?

If you are in or traveling to an area affected by the Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:

• Wash hands frequently.

• Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.

• Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.

• Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.

• Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.

• Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.

• Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 101.5) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.

• Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

For More Information:

Ebola Information hotline: 877-857-2945

This project is funded under an agreement with the state of Tennessee.

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