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The Chesapeake Health District is dedicated to preventing illness, promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting the environment for all the citizens of Chesapeake.


 

For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact police dispatch at (757) 382-6161.

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GET THE FACTS ON EBOLA

Get The Facts On Ebola

 

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to West Africa. Since then, there has been a significant amount of media interest and public inquiry about the possibility of an Ebola epidemic in the U.S and even in Hampton Roads.

There’s all the difference in the world between the Hampton Roads and parts of West Africa where Ebola is spreading. The U.S. and Chesapeake are prepared, and have strong health care systems and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our community. As CDC Director has said, "I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country."

Although Ebola is a highly destructive disease, it is not a highly contagious disease.

 

Here are the facts you should know about Ebola:

 

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 Ebola virus 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 though 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 transmitted through food in the United States. It is not transmitted through water.

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 or has died of the disease.

 

For more information about Ebola visit:

 

Ebola Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/pdf/Ebola%20FAQ.pdf 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola Virus Disease

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html 

 

Ebola Information for Healthcare Providers and Facilities

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/ebola/ 

 

For questions about Ebola you can call our 24/7 hotline at (877)275-8343

New School Immunization Requirements

Make sure your children are protected!! For further information please visit the Department of Education.

School & DayCare

  • DTAP or DTP - 4 Doses (with one dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • Hib - 1 to 4 Doses (required up to 59 months of age)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV) - 1 to 4 Doses (required up to 59 months of age)
  • MMR - 2 Doses (1st dose at 12 months of age or older, 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten)
  • Polio - 4 Doses (with one dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • Varicella - 2 Doses (1st dose at 12 months of age or older, 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten)
  • Hepatitis B - 3 Doses
Entering 6th grade
  • Tdap Booster (effective 2014)
  • HPV - 3 Doses (for girls -- with 1st dose before 6th grade)

Grow-Eat-Live, Community Garden Invite!!

 

 

You are invited to decorate a pumpkin while learning about harvesting our fall garden.

 

 

 

Phone: (757)382-8655
E-mail: carolyn.sanford@vdh.virginia.gov

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Last Updated: 10-22-2014

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