Six people under watch for Ebola in Putnam Co., Ohio

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) – Putnam County, Ohio health officials said Sunday that six people who were in the same bridal shop as Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola and had traveled to Akron, are being closely monitored for signs of Ebola.

Putnam County is approximately 50 miles east of Fort Wayne and just east of Paulding County.

The health department released the following statement on its Facebook page:

“It is believed at this time that there was no direct, high-risk contact between the individuals. As a precaution, and as directed by Ohio Department of Health and CDC, the individuals are being monitored. Quarantine is not indicated because of the low risk of exposure.

“High risk, direct contact is skin-to-skin or mucus membrane contact, or contact with blood or body fluids of someone infected.
Health Commissioner Mary Ann Myers, MD states, “We believe there was no direct contact as defined by ODH parameters. The residents of Putnam County can be assured that our department is staying in constant contact with all involved parties, including health officials from ODH and CDC, to ensure the safety of our residents. We believe the risk to the Putnam County community is very low. All those being monitored in Putnam County are health and symptom free.”

“It is important to understand the facts about Ebola and its transmission:

  • Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.
  • Ebola is spread by touching the blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or things with their blood and body fluids on it like clothes and bedding. Ebola is NOT spread through air, food or water.
  • Patients are contagious only when they are symptomatic and show signs of fever.
  • Anyone believing that they have been in contact with a person with Ebola should call their health care provider”

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