The news is reporting about Ebola every time that I turn around.
What do you as a parent here in Ohio need to know?
1.) Ebola is not as easily spread as you might think. In order to be infected you need to come into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Currently there is no significant risk of Ebola infection in the United States.
2.) Limit your travel during this current outbreak. Currently the CDC “advises against nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and to take extra precautions if travelling to Nigeria, because such travel represents the primary risk for exposures to Americans.”
3.) If you or someone you are in contact with has recently traveled to these areas then you need to be monitored for symptoms for at least 21 days. You are looking for signs and symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, and rash. (These nonspecific signs and symptoms are consistent with variety of viral infections; one key factor for this diagnosis is travel to outbreak areas.)
4.) If you experience these symptoms and have traveled to these areas recently then you need to be evaluated. You will want to call ahead to the facility at which you will be seen in order for them to prepare isolation.
Overall the current risk for you to contract Ebola is slim to none. Do not panic, but rather educate yourself through such resources as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website cdc.gov.
Dr. King is a general pediatrician in the Children’s Health Clinic at Dayton Children’s and the mother of two kids. As part of the “Dr. Mom Sqaud,” Dr. King blogs about her experiences as both as doctor and a mom and hopes to share insight to other parents on issues related to both parenting and kids health. Learn more about Dr. King.