Ebola Information for Health Professionals

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide guidance and education to health professionals and the general public regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the current outbreak in West Africa. Ebola documents are located to the right.

No cases of EVD have been identified in Kentucky. EVD typically occurs in tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa and can be transmitted from one person to another by direct contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. The 2014 outbreak in West Africa has been the largest reported to date. The countries most affected included Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

The period from exposure to EVD to signs of illness, known as the incubation period, is from two to 21 days. An infected person is not considered contagious until he/she begins to exhibit signs or symptoms of EVD. The first sign is usually a fever, commonly followed by gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Other less-frequent signs or symptoms may include rash and external/internal bleeding. For more information on signs and symptoms, please visit the CDC website.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Response and Overall Health Care Preparedness

- Healthcare Worker Resources

- Cleaning and Disinfecting, Waste Management Resources

- Laboratory Resources

- Personal Protective Equipment Resources

- Communication Resources

- Resources for Parents, Schools, and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals

- Resources for Businesses and Employers

To see other recently updated information, please visit the CDC website.

Guidance for Kentucky Public Health Officials

- At-A-Glance Guidance for Active Monitoring in Ky. of Individuals Potentially Exposed to Ebola Virus (Nov. 10, 2014)

- Ebola Related FAQs (Feb. 14, 2015)

To report an individual with suspected or confirmed EVD in Kentucky, please make immediate contact with a public health professional at your local or state health department. After hours, weekends and holidays, telephone reports can be made to the Kentucky Department for Public Health at (888) 9REPORT, (888) 973-7678. Health care personnel who wish to send laboratory tests to the CDC for EVD testing should contact the state public health laboratory (Division of Laboratory Services) at (502) 564-4446 after consultation with public health authorities.  


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