16 contacts in Summit, Cuyahoga being monitored for Ebola

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AKRON, Ohio — Health officials announced Friday there were no cases of the Ebola virus disease in Summit County.

Sixteen people were being monitored after having contact with Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who visited Northeast Ohio and was then diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Texas.

All of the contacts were healthy with no sign of illness, Dr. Mary DiOrio with the Ohio Department of Health said.

Twelve of the contacts are in Summit County, six are in Cuyahoga.

Dr. Margo Erme with Summit County Public Health said contacts do not have the disease.  She added it’s possible to be exposed to Ebola without being infected by it.

The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person who is symptomatic.

Leaders stressed there is no need for schools to close or events to be canceled.

The Summit County Public Health phone line is available for your questions:

Read more from the news conference in the live blog below.

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Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:32 am

The news conference was expected to begin at any moment.  Please standby.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:37 am

Thanks for joining us for the news conference.  Updates will be provided as soon as the event begins.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:39 am

The news conference just began.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:39 am

Dr. Margo Erme, Summit County Public Health:  We have no cases of Ebola virus disease in Summit County.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:40 am

Erme: Currently 12 contacts are being monitored.  The family and contacts have been very cooperative.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:40 am

Erme: They are also talking to people who have called in from the bridal shop that Amber Vinson visited during her stay in Northeast Ohio.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:41 am

Erme: No need to cancel school or any event.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:41 am

Erme:  “Contacts” do not have the disease.  They can be exposed without being infected.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:44 am

Dr. Mary DiOrio, Ohio Department of Health: As of last night, 16 identified contacts in Summit and Cuyahoga County have been identified.  They are all healthy and not showing signs of illness.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:44 am

DiOrio:  All of the close contacts are being monitored closely.  One of the close contacts is currently under quarantine.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:45 am

DiOrio: Additional personal protective equipment will be purchased for use by those on the front line.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:46 am

Dr. Chris Braden, CDC: When we talk about what is the risk to the community, both speakers have already said that the contacts are well, they cannot transmit Ebola.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:47 am

Braden:  The contacts in Dallas are still well and it’s coming to the end of their incubation period.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:47 am

Braden:  Some of those in Dallas did have very close contact with the sick individual and they remain well. 

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:48 am

Summit County Public Health phone line is available for your questions: 330-926-3939

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:49 am

Russell Pry, Summit County Executive: For many years, throughout our emergency management agency, we have been working on plans of preparation for an event like this. 

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:51 am

Braden: When Amber Vinson was in Ohio, she did not have any typical symptoms of Ebola.  There were reports that she felt funny during the time she was here.  But the typical symptoms we look for (flu-like symptoms), and as far as we know, with all of the people that we’ve talked to, including the patient, she didn’t have those symptoms when she was here.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:51 am

Braden: There are some indications Vinson wasn’t feeling well when she was here.  She rested for a long time on some days.  She said she felt funny, but nothing specific. 

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:52 am

Braden: The judgement that we came up to is that we can’t rule out that she wasn’t ill for the time that she was here in Ohio.  And so we’re going to be very conservative, we’re going to be very aggressive.  We don’t want to miss anything, there’s no room for error.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:54 am

Braden:  They’re still determining what was going on during those first days of care in Dallas.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:55 am

Braden: It’s up to the jurisdictions how they impose restrictions on movements, that’s not up to the CDC.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201411:59 am

Erme:  There is no blood test to show that you’ve been exposed to Ebola.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201412:01 pm

Erme:  The bridal shop closed because we were concerned that a person who was potentially ill was there.  So (it was closed) out of an abundance of caution so we could get interviews done and determine what the level of contact was made.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201412:02 pm

Erme:  No reason to cancel schools or other events because this ill worker did not visit any schools in Summit County.  So there is no germs from Ebola virus disease in these schools.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201412:03 pm

Erme: The 16 contacts are divided between Summit (12) and Cuyahoga (4).  In Summit County we currently have 1 that is quarantined right now.  We are looking at what the level of contact is for the other ones. 

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201412:04 pm

Erme: Contacts keep temperature logs and symptom logs that are very specific.

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201412:11 pm

Braden:  The decision was made pretty quickly to have a team from CDC come (to NE Ohio).

Jessica Dabrowski October 17, 201412:13 pm

Summit County Executive Russell Pry says officials will bring any new information to the public.  Press conference concludes.