142 Ohioans on Ebola contact list

142 Ohioans on Ebola contact list

142 Ohioans may have had contact with the nurse who tested positive for Ebola and some are residents of Hamilton County, the Ohio Department of Health announced on Monday.

An undisclosed amount of people in Hamilton County had indirect contact with Amber Joy Vinson during her visit to northeast Ohio days before being diagnosed with Ebola. Officials say they are not releasing the exact numbers to protect the privacy of those affected.

While there are zero confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio, the Department of Health says three people who had direct contact with Vinson are quarantined and most monitoring involves residents of Cuyahoga and Summit counties.

The undisclosed amount of Hamilton County residents being monitored never engaged in direct contact with Vinson, according to the Department of Health.

Ebola is spread through direct physical contact with body fluids of an infected person. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8-10 days.

Residents on the monitoring list are expected to take their temperatures twice daily, report to a public health officials and, in certain cases, have travel restrictions. They will most likely be removed from the observation list between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4, health officials indicated.

The Ohio Department of Health currently owns a stockpile of protective equipment in order to support any requests from health care providers in treating suspected or confirmed Ebola cases.

That stockpile includes approximately 102,122 face masks, 2,592 goggles, 1,600 shoe covers, 576 coveralls, 1,350 hoods, 105,300 gloves, 29,220 respirators, and 7,026 gowns, according to WOIO.

A legislative panel approved funding requests on Monday to pay for more protective gear if the state were to need it.

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