CDPH issues updated Health Alert on Ebola

December 21, 2022
Area(s) of Interest: Public Health 

As the Ebola outbreak in Uganda continues to evolve, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging health care providers to ask all patients presenting with acute, possibly infectious illness, about their recent travel history. 

CDPH, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been closely monitoring an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) due to Sudan virus (species Sudan ebolavirus) in Central Uganda. To date, there have been no cases of EVD related to this outbreak reported in the United States or any other country outside of Uganda. 

CDPH advises clinician to consider EVD in their differential diagnosis for any patient who has signs and symptoms consistent with Ebola virus infection (fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding) and has traveled to affected areas of Uganda within 21 days before the onset of symptoms.

Individuals with EVD symptoms may seek care at outpatient clinics, urgent care clinics or emergency departments. Health care providers should be prepared to immediately identify patients suspected of having EVD, isolate those patients, and inform their local health department.

CDPH is also urging health care providers to consider telemedicine in the initial evaluation of a returned traveler from Uganda and who is experiencing infectious disease symptoms and does not need emergent in-person medical evaluation.  

​CDPH will continue to collaborate with federal, other state and local health officials to assess and provide additional updates as they become available.

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