Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.

Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68.

Several other states are investigating clusters of children with severe respiratory illness, possibly due to enterovirus D68.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is watching this situation closely and helping the states with testing of specimens. Read More


New Henrico Health Department East Clinic

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Henrico Health Department East Clinic
1400 N. Laburnum Ave
Richmond VA 23223

Open to the public on September 8, 2014
Hours of Operation – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday
For more information please call 804-652-3190

Please note that the Henrico Health Department East Clinic at 3810 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA closed permanently on August 29, 2014.  Patients will now be seen at the Laburnum Avenue location.


Ebola Map Links

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Questions & Answers on Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.

What is Ebola?

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common.

How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Q: Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?

No.

What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.

What is CDC doing in the U.S.?

On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.

What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the U.S. for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?

CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process — from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.

What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?

On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html

 

Ebola Resource Links

Ebola Q&A: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html
Outbreak status: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html
Clinician Guidance (healthcare setting): http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html
World Health Organization Alert and Response Operations: http://www.who.int/csr/alertresponse/en/


New Webpages

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2014 State Holiday Closings

January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 17 – Lee-Jackson Day
January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 17 – George Washington Day
May 26 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
September 1 – Labor Day
October 13 – Columbus Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
November 26 – Close at Noon
November 27 – Thanksgiving
November 28 – Day After Thanksgiving
December 24 – Close at Noon
December 25 – Christmas
December 26 – Day After Christmas