Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Ebola

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    The health and safety of our students is always our top priority in Dallas ISD. When issues of concern are brought to our attention, we feel it is important to share that with our parents, staff and community.

    This morning (Oct. 1, 2014), the district was made aware that five students who attend a Dallas ISD school may have had contact with an individual who was recently diagnosed with Ebola. We have prepared the following to help answer parent, staff and community questions. Additional information is available through the CDC website as well.

    What is Ebola?
    Ebola is found in several African countries. It is a rare and potentially fatal disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus.

    How is Ebola spread?

    Individuals with Ebola cannot spread the virus until symptoms appear. The virus can only be spread through bodily fluids. It is not an airborne disease.

    What are the signs and symptoms?
    (updated 10/17/2014 per the CDC)
    Signs and symptoms of Ebola typically include: fever (greater than 100.4 F), severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

    Who is at the greatest risk of exposure?
    In an outbreak, those at highest risk include healthcare workers and family and friends of a person infected with Ebola.

    What can I do to prevent being infected?
    Always wash your hands with soap and water. Cook food properly. Consider visiting a health facility when you have a headache, fever, pain, diarrhea, red eyes, and vomiting.

    The above information has been compiled from CDC resources. For more information, visit the CDC website.