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Ohio response to Ebola case provides valuable insights

Communities and state health departments can gain insights from Ohio’s recent response to a case of Ebola Virus Disease, according to a new study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The response required substantial time, resources and coordination among local health jurisdictions in 19 Ohio counties, the state health department, federal public health authorities and a regional health care system. The responses highlights the need to identify:

■screening facilities for people under investigation for possible exposure
■emergency medical services to safely transport people under investigation to the nearest screening or treatment facility
■ways to manage and monitor large numbers of people who have indirect contact with an Ebola patient

In Ohio, 164 people who had indirect contact with the patient monitored their temperature and symptoms twice a day for a 21-day incubation period; none developed symptoms.