AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Summit County Health Officials answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Ebola.
What if I attended the bridal shop Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal?
If you attended the bridal shop Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal, Inc. (located at on 1220 East Tallmadge Ave) on Saturday October 11, 2014 between the hours of 12- 3:30, please call the Summit County Ebola Information line at 330-926-3939 to be put in contact with an investigator.
Should the schools be shut down?
Summit County Public Health does not advocate for the closure of schools or the cancellation of events. The ill healthcare worker had no known visitation at any public or private grade school, secondary school or higher education institution.
What if I, or someone I know, was on Frontier Flight 1142 from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10?
For those who traveled on Frontier flight 1142 from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10 please call the CDC information line at 1-800-CDC-Info for more specific information.
What if I, or someone I know, was on Frontier Flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas?
For those who traveled on Frontier flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas please call the CDC information line at 1-800-CDC-Info for more specific information.
How does someone contract Ebola?
The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with the blood or body fluids such as, but not limited to, feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or infected animals.
How many Akron hospitals have contamination rooms / negative air flow rooms?
All hospitals have negative air flow rooms for the purpose of containing an infectious patient. All hospitals have been advised to complete an Ebola prep exercise. Hospitals will review infection control policies and procedures and incorporate plans for administrative, environmental, and communication measures, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) and training and education. Hospitals will also define the individual work practices that will be required to detect the introduction of a patient with Ebola or other emerging infectious diseases, prevent spread, and manage the impact on patients, the hospital, and staff.
What about the water supply?
Ebola is not spread through water. The ill healthcare worker did not have any known contact with water supply sources.
Is there concern about flushing the toilet?
There is no concern about flushing toilets. Flushing toilets is a basic hygienic practice that must be maintained.
Is the Cleveland-Hopkins airport safe?
There is no reason to be concerned that the airport is contaminated. Based on interviews, the ill healthcare worker may not have been contagious at the time of travel. If the healthcare worker was ill, nearly 48 hours has elapsed and there would no longer be concerns of viable virus on surfaces.
Are planes safe?
Any plane having transported a known infected person will be cleaned to very strict standards. Anyone flying should always practice good hygiene, covering mouth when sneezing or coughing, wash hands after using toilet facilities.
How long are surfaces contagious if the sick person touched or sat there?
Ebola is killed with hospital-grade disinfectants (such as household bleach). Ebola on dried on surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops can survive for several hours.