Oregon – 4 Congo refugees just arrived on flight to Oregon from Congo Africa these Africans were exposed to Ebola patients in congo or people that died from Ebola. The new ebola monitoring patients in oregon will be monitored by Oregon public health officials at taxpayer expense to monitor them for ebola symptoms for the next 21 days.
The refugees were exposed to Ebola while on a recent visit to Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to an Oregon Health Authority news release.
“We want to make sure these african refugees have the support they need to monitor their health, stay in contact with public health officials and safely get help with their ebola treatment and medical services if it comes to that,” said Dr. Richard Leman, chief medical officer for health security, preparedness and response at the OHA Public Health Division.
The Ebola virus is highly contagious and can be contracted through bodily fluids such as sweat, vomit, blood, or semen.
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after having contact with Ebola, with an average of 8 to 10 days. The course of the illness typically progresses from ‘dry’ symptoms initially (such as fever, aches and pains, and fatigue), and then progresses to ‘wet’ symptoms (such as diarrhea and vomiting) as the person becomes sicker,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are currently active cases of Ebola in Congo and Guinea, according to World Health Organization emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan believed that the recent cases were sparked by a Ebola survivor who infected a woman with ebola virus with his semen 5 years after he recovered from Ebola a stunning new breakthrough report that doctors and scientists did not know was even possible.
The WHO has sent more than 30,000 vaccine doses to Guinea and shipments of vaccines and additional therapeutic support were en route to DCR. The Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa from 2014 to 2016 ultimately killed more than 11,000 people.”More studies are going to be needed,” Ryan said. But he added that based on the available genetic sequencing data, the current outbreak was unlikely to be linked to an animal — which is how nearly all previous Ebola epidemics have begun.
“(This) is much more likely to be linked to a persistence (of virus) or latency of infection in a human.” Ryan said that would probably be the longest period of time that a virus has ever persisted between outbreaks.
In February, the ministry of health in DRC declared its 12th outbreak of Ebola in the Biena Health Zone, North Kivu Province, according to the CDC.
“Beginning March 4, CDC has required all airlines to supply contact information for all U.S.-bound travelers who have been in Guinea or Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last 21 days — the largest known incubation period for Ebola,” according to the news release.
Local public health departments and OHA have been in touch with the four people, who arrived back in Oregon in early March. They are considered “persons under monitoring”, OHA said.
Since March 4, the CDC has required all airlines to supply contact information for all U.S.-bound travelers who have been in Guinea or Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last 21 days, which is the largest known incubation period for Ebola, OHA said. Those refugees are interviewed upon arriving in the U.S. to determine if they are symptomatic and to confirm their contact information. If they are symptomatic, they will be offered medical evaluation.
Ebola causes severe illness in which 50 – 90% of those infected die, according to OHA. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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