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Health Alerts & Advisories

Enterovirus

Enteroviruses are very common viruses. They cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.
Anyone can get infected with enteroviruses. But infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to get infected and become sick. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to the viruses. Most people who get infected with these viruses do not get sick. Or, they may have mild illness, like the common cold. But some people can get very sick and have infection of their heart or brain or even become paralyzed. Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of having these complications. You can get infected with enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person. You can also get infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall.

Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness.

Symptoms of mild illness may include: 
  * Fever
  * Runny nose, sneezing, cough
  * Skin rash
  * Mouth blisters
  * Body and muscle aches

You can get exposed to the virus by:
  * Having close contact, such as touching or shaking hands, with an infected person,
  * Changing diapers of an infected person, or
  * Drinking water that has the virus in it.
  * If you then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands, you can get infected with the virus and become sick. There is no vaccine to protect you from non-polio enterovirus infection.
You can help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections by:  

  * Learn the Right Way to Wash Your Hands
  * Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers,
  * Avoiding close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick, and
  * Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Get medical attention when: 

  * Your child has difficulty breathing or has a new the start of new wheezing.
 

Keep Calm Wash Hands

Ebola Virus

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common. When an infection does occur in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others.  These include: direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids an infected person, exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated. 

Symptoms of Ebola HF typically include: 

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Joint and muscle aches
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Difficulty swallowing

 Resources: 

    • To read more about the Ebola virus visit the Ebola page on the CDC website www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html 
    • For travelers guidelines go to the CDC Guidelines for Travelers (Click on the Title): CDC Traveler's Health 
      • **NEW**  TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICES: Warning Level 3 - Avoid Nonessential Travel to: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea.
      • See additional Alert Levels by clicking HERE or visiting wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notice  

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