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Ebola Information from NJT

Members:

The following was issued by NJ Transit Medical Services. Also NJT Executive Director Hakim and the NJT Police Chief held a conference call on Friday afternoon. They are working closely with all other transit agencies in the United States and also the NJ Office Emergency Management (OEM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NJT has also established contact information for OEM listed below:

 

  • 973-491-8010 (when prompted, press 1 for Sgt. Gatchell)
  • NJTPDOEM@njtransit.com
  • And, as always, in case of an emergency, the NJTPD desk is staffed 24/7 and able to respond to any emergency situation you or your members might encounter: 973-378-6565

Subject: Information on the Ebola virus

Ebola: Facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In an effort to keep NJ TRANSIT employees apprised of the situation on the Ebola virus, we are providing the following facts from the CDC:

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. The likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola or direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from areas with Ebola outbreaks. Ebola virus is NOT spread through casual contact.

 

Facts about Ebola in the US:

  • You can’t get Ebola through air.
  • You can’t get Ebola through water.
  • You can’t get Ebola through food grown or legally purchased in the US.

 

To protect yourself from Ebola:

  • DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do NOT touch the blood or body fluids of people who are sick.
  • Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment.
  • Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.

 

There is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola. Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness.

What is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Doing:

  • Because of the Ebola outbreak, CDC and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have enhanced entry screening to detect possible cases of Ebola in travelers who have traveled to the United States from or through Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Enhanced entry screening at five U.S. airports (New York’s JFK International, Washington-Dulles, Newark International Airport, Chicago-O’Hare, and Atlanta airports) will evaluate over 94% of travelers from the affected countries in West Africa.

 

  • The CDC states that contact tracing can stop the Ebola outbreak in its tracks. The CDC, state and local health departments, in conjunction with the hospitals caring for Ebola infected patients, are using contact tracing to limit the potential spread of the  disease. Contact tracing is finding everyone who comes in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient. Contacts are watched for signs of illness for 21 days from the last day they came in contact with the Ebola patient. If the contact develops a fever or other Ebola symptoms, they are immediately isolated, tested, provided care, and the cycle starts again-all of the new patient’s contacts are found and watched for 21 days. It finds new cases quickly so they can be isolated to stop further spread.

 

For further information about the Ebola virus, please read the attached Frequently Asked Questions from the NJ Department of Health.

The Medical Services Department and the NJ TRANSIT Office of Emergency Management will continue to work with state, federal and internal stakeholders to obtain and disseminate accurate and timely information regarding communicable diseases.

 

Information provided by NJ TRANSIT Medical Services Department

 

Michael J. Reilly
General Chairman – SMART Transportation Division GO 610
Office – 973-527-7018
Cell- 570-862-4299
Email – njtmike@aol.com