The state’s public health agency has launched a new website about the Ebola virus.
First off, Maine has recorded no cases of the illness. A patient was held for observation at Maine Medical Center last week, but multiple tests confirmed the individual wasn’t infected with Ebola. Still, the public and health providers have plenty of questions about Ebola after three cases arose in Dallas and, as of this morning, another in New York City.
Launched by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the new website includes basics about the virus, such as how it’s transmitted and the symptoms it causes. Users can view and download fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions.
“It is important for Mainers to know that there are no cases of Ebola in our state and that the only way Ebola can be transmitted is when an individual has direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a person who is showing symptoms. It is not an airborne disease,” Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of the Maine CDC, said in a news release announcing the new website.
The site also includes information for health providers, such as the latest U.S. CDC guidance on a variety of topics, and will function as a repository of information for health organizations, their staff, and first responders.
The website will be updated regularly, according to Maine CDC. It’s part of the agency’s broader effort to inform Mainers about developments related to preparedness and response to potential suspected cases of Ebola.
“We encourage healthcare providers and the public to refer to this website for valuable information and guidance from the U.S. CDC,” Pinette said. “The best way for each and every person to stay prepared is to be informed.”
Visit the site at maine.gov/ebola.