County is Prepared Should Ebola Cases Occur

The County of San Diego has taken steps to prepare should a case of Ebola occur in the region.

The risk of that happening is low, and no local cases have been reported. But County departments shared their plans for dealing with any potential cases with the County Board of Supervisors today.

The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has been working with the local medical community and there are processes in place should a patient be identified as potentially having Ebola. HHSA is following guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health.

Other County departments that may become involved in a local Ebola case are training for their response. For any cleanup that may be needed, staff are planning for proper disposal of hazardous materials and acquisition of additional protective outfits.

Unlike the flu or other airborne illnesses, you are not at risk of contracting Ebola unless you come into direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of someone with Ebola while they have symptoms. Ebola is not transmitted through the air, or water or food.

The County has posted information on Ebola on the County’s website.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact