Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

While there have been no cases of potential Ebola Virus Disease at The Claremont Colleges, Student Health Services would like to provide the following Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)?
Ebola Virus Disease is caused by a Filoviradae virus, genus Ebolavirus. This virus causes one of numerous viral hemorrhagic fevers and is often fatal to humans and primates. There are no known, proven treatments for EVD. The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the largest outbreaks in history and the first to affect West Africa. Affected countries include Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Lagos, Nigeria. Ebola Virus Disease does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public.
How is Ebola spread?
The Ebola virus is typically spread from person-to-person through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, such as blood, urine, sweat, semen, and breast milk. Patients can transmit the virus while febrile and through later stages of disease, as well as after death. The virus can also be transmitted through direct handling of bats, rodents, or primates from disease-endemic areas. The incubation period is usually 8-10 days; however, it can range from 2-21 days.
Who should be evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease?
People who meet the following criteria:
  • Fever greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Compatible symptoms such as severe malaise, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage; AND
  • Epidemiologic risk factors within the past 3 weeks, such as contact with blood or bodily fluids of a patient known or suspected to have EVD; residence in or travel to an area with active EVD transmission (currently Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Lagos, Nigeria); or direct handling of bats, rodents, or primates from disease endemic areas.
What should I do if I think I may have Ebola Virus Disease?
If you suspect that you may have Ebola Virus Disease and meet the above criteria, please present to your nearest emergency department for evaluation. Should you have transportation needs please contact your campus Dean of Students, or Campus Safety after hours who can connect you with the on-call Dean of Students. They can assist you with arrangements and provide support.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
1798 N. Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 865-9977
San Antonio Community Hospital
999 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 985-2811

You may call Student Health Services at (909) 621-8222 if you have any questions about Ebola Virus Disease or suspected symptoms. For more information on Ebola, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control website.

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