IDPH News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2014
Contact: Polly Carver-Kimm
IDPH Statement on Texas Ebola Case
Due to statewide media interest in the Texas Ebola case announced by the CDC yesterday, the Iowa Department of Public Health has issued the following statement:
News about Ebola can be scary and it is understandable that Iowans are concerned a case of Ebola could occur in Iowa as it has in Texas; however, there is a world of difference between the U.S. and the parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. The U.S. and Iowa have a strong health care system and public health professionals who are prepared to respond to infectious diseases, even diseases like Ebola, which can cause a great deal of public concern.
It’s important to remember Ebola is not a virus spread through the air, and is only contagious if the infected person is having active symptoms. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated.
IDPH recognizes that even a single case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States can raise concerns locally. IDPH has been and will continue to work closely with CDC and local public health agencies to ensure the state is ready to respond should the need arise.