Five People are Being Monitored for Ebola in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Five people are being monitored in Indiana for possible signs of Ebola.


The five recently traveled from Africa. A news release from the State Health Department says they are all being “cooperative and are considered low risk” for the deadly virus.


Indiana was one of the first states in the nation to begin “direct active monitoring” of all returning travelers. Direct active monitoring means any individual coming here from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia will be monitored by the local health department for 21 days upon entering the country. This includes twice daily temperature and symptom checks.


If the travelers experience symptoms in between checks, they have been instructed to contact the local health department immediately.



The Governor has placed the highest priority on our preventative measures out of an abundance of caution to protect Hoosiers from this serious disease,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “While no state can guarantee it will not have an Ebola case, Indiana continues to work every day with local health providers and emergency responders across the state to evaluate and improve protocols, and Hoosiers may be assured that we will continue to carefully monitor developments and take steps necessary to protect people of our state from the threat of Ebola.”

 


State health officials are not releasing the names of the counties where travelers are being monitored to protect their heath information privacy in accordance with the Infectious Disease Reporting Rule.