Thursday, October 16, 2014

Protecting Yourself - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Prevention and Awareness (Source - Property-Liability Trust Risk Management)

 http://www.lebnh.net/news/emsupdateebolaenterovirus

Protect Yourself! On 30 September 2014, the first travel-associated case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. People in the United States in relatively small numbers now have been quarantined, tested, and treated for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  It has become important for all of us to understand how this disease is transmitted along with knowing the signs and symptoms, and staying abreast of the latest news and guidance to help protect ourselves and others.

Background 
The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.  There are over 7,000 reported cases, all but 3 cases located in West Africa.  There are several factors for the increased risk of spread in that region; limited infrastructure for adequate health measures at border points, care-seeking behaviors across borders, and cross-border surveillance and contact tracing across and beyond borders.  There are many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who have deployed personnel to assist in the containment of the disease and treatment of affected people.  Increased monitoring at points of entry is in place here in the United States in an effort to mitigate this risk.  Knowledge and education are the keys to preventing the spread of this deadly disease.

Infection and Transmission
The risk of contracting EVD is low unless you come into direct contact the blood or bodily fluids (urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.  EVD can live on hard surfaces (door knobs and counter tops) for several hours; however, the virus in body fluids (such as blood) can survive up to several days at room temperature.  EVD can be killed with hospital-grade disinfectants (such as household bleach).  

Symptoms
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to EVD, but the average is 8 to 10 days.  

 Fever (greater than 101.5 F)

 Severe headache

 Muscle pain

 Weakness

 Diarrhea

 Vomiting

 Abdominal (stomach) pain

 Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Prevention

 Practicing good hygiene is the key to preventing any spread of an infectious disease;whether it’s the flu, a cold, or even the Ebola virus.  

 Wash your hands frequently. EVD can live on hard surfaces for several hours. Soap is always the best; however, hand sanitizer works too. 

 Know the symptoms of EVD.

 Avoid physical contact (like shaking hands) with people showing symptoms of EVD.



References

 CDC (Ebola Virus Disease) - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/about.html

 World Health Organization Ebola:  http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/ 


Point of Contact:
Pentagon Office of Emergency Management, 703-571-7737, pfpa.oem@mail.mil


DiLorenzo Tricare Health Clinic, 703-692-8828/8829, jimmie.j.drummond@us.army.mil

Thursday, July 3, 2014

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY – LEBANON HONORS ITS VETERANS http://www.lebnh.net/home/about-lebanon/lebanon-veterans

On this 4th of July, Lebanon honors its veterans and expresses its sincere, heartfelt appreciation of all Lebanon veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Their service and sacrifice enable all of us to continue to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Their service and sacrifice allow all of us to continue to celebrate this day of independence each year. Independence does not come without a price and that price has been dearly paid by Lebanon’s soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen/airwomen, and coast guard members. Lebanon commits itself to honoring and supporting its veterans through partnering with military service organizations, such as our committed local American Legion (http://www.post22.org/), being a good steward for the Soldiers Memorial Building, taking advantage of our Lebanon libraries (http://www.leblibrary.com/) to continuously inform our community about the importance of veterans and their service and sacrifice, as evidence by the community display at the Kilton Library of pictures of families’ beloved veterans, and working to insure that our Lebanon cemeteries (http://dpw.lebnh.net/home/maintenance/cemetery-information ) are proper reflections of care for veterans in their final resting places. As an initiative to go forward with this commitment, Lebanon hereby establishes the LEBANON HONORS ITS VETERANS web page (http://www.lebnh.net/home/about-lebanon/lebanon-veterans) dedicated to Lebanon veterans, their families, and all who support them. Happy 4th of July from the heart to those who have served and sacrificed!