Michigan Monitoring Residents in Accordance With Updated Guidance

Contact: Jennifer Smith 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is continuing its planning and preparedness efforts against the potential threat of Ebola in Michigan. MDCH has issued Michigan’s monitoring guidance to healthcare partners statewide, and will continue to monitor residents in accordance with recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

On Monday, Oct. 27, the CDC released updated guidelines for the monitoring of people who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Currently, Michigan is monitoring nine individuals and will be posting updates weekly at www.michigan.gov/ebola. Michigan had previously reported that 10 individuals were being monitored, however after further follow-up by MDCH and the local health department, it was determined that one individual did not complete their travel to Michigan.

“While there are no current cases of Ebola in Michigan, the active monitoring guidelines that Michigan is following will continue to allow us to be prepared to provide a coordinated response with our local public health, EMS, and hospital partners should a resident begin showing symptoms,” said Nick Lyon, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

At this time, none of the individuals being monitored in Michigan are showing any symptoms, and Michigan is not releasing county detail about the residents. The individuals being monitored are all low-risk and have no known exposure to Ebola. The current nine residents being monitored are in twice daily contact with health officials for 21 days. These individuals are being monitored because of their recent travel history.

The twice daily active monitoring approach that Michigan is taking is a step beyond the CDC recommendations for those who are low risk. The CDC guidance for active monitoring is to have daily contact with individuals. In Michigan, local health departments are conducting twice daily monitoring. This will allow Michigan’s health officials to quickly evaluate any symptoms which may be indicative of Ebola or a variety of other illnesses such as the common cold or the flu.

MDCH is working with health care facilities across the state to conduct drills, provide training, and assess their readiness to respond to patients with potential Ebola virus infection, especially as guidance from the CDC is updated.

Residents looking for information in their community should contact their local health department. To locate the Local Health Department serving your county, check the interactive map at http://1.usa.gov/1ze0zdy.

Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola for information about updated CDC guidelines and protocols.

More information about Ebola, including weekly Monday updates at 3 p.m. regarding the number of residents being monitored, will be available at www.michigan.gov/ebola.

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