Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Governor Steve Bullock announced on October 31, 2014 new state health agency protocols for Montanans who have returned from Ebola-affected regions of West Africa. The Governor has also put in place a Command Team to coordinate Ebola-preparedness activities in the state. Click here for the official Command Team announcement.
The new protocols, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, direct how all passengers who return from West Africa will be monitored. The state is informed by CDC of the names of all passengers who return to Montana from Ebola-affected regions in Western Africa or who have had contact with an Ebola-infected individual. Once the state is notified, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) coordinates with local public health departments to ensure all returning travelers receive monitoring.
What is the state doing to protect Montanans?
Under the guidance of the recently created Command Team, DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology, Public Health Emergency Sections, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma Systems and the Montana Public Health Laboratory are working closely with both governmental and community partners to prepare for the possible introduction of EVD into Montana.
However, it is important to remember that Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) does not presently represent a direct public health threat to the citizens of Montana. The potential of this disease, however, requires that our public health, emergency response and health care infrastructures prepare to the best of their ability for the possible introduction of the disease into the state.
This includes working closely and in a coordinated fashion with the CDC, local and tribal health and emergency services departments, the Montana Department of Emergency Services, the Montana Association for Professionals in Infection Control, hospitals and hospital systems, private laboratories and other partners to ensure an effective response if Ebola becomes a public health threat for Montana.
Ebola 101 Video for the public (Courtesy of Missoula City-County Health Department)
Ebola Guidance for EMS and 9-1-1 Dispatch, CDC Information and Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola Virus Disease
Information for Healthcare Workers, Hospitals, Laboratories and Healthcare Settings