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Alabama healthcare providers have been alerted on steps to take regarding the Ebola virus Alabama healthcare providers have been alerted on steps to take regarding the Ebola virus

Alabama healthcare providers have been informed of steps to take regarding the Ebola virus.

The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a message to primary care providers in Alabama August 7, 2014 to alert them to report any suspected Ebola cases and to collect specimens from any suspected patients for testing.

At this time, no Alabama residents have been tested for this disease.

Ebola is characterized by sudden onset of fever and weakness that may be accompanied by other symptoms including headache, joint and muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea, stomach pain and lack of appetite.

When an Ebola infection occurs in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others that include direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person and Exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

No vaccine or specific treatment is available for Ebola.

Many people who get the disease die, so it is important to take steps to prevent Ebola.

Health officials advise to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

But, if you must travel, however, please make sure to do the following:

- Practice careful hygiene. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids.

- Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person's blood or body fluids.

- Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.

- Avoid contact with animals or with raw meat.

- Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on facilities that are suitable for your needs.

- Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash or red eyes.

- Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else.

- Pay attention to your health after you return.

- Monitor your health for 21 days if you were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, especially if you were in contact with blood or body fluids, items that have come in contact with blood or body fluids, animals or raw meat, or hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.

- Tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms before you go to the office or emergency room. Advance notice will help the doctor care for you and protect other people who may be in the office.

Related link: http://www.alabamas13.com/story/26204109/ebola-patient-nancy-writebol-weak-but-improving-in-atlanta

For more information about Ebola, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ebola.

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