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Ebola – A Message from DHEC

We are closely monitoring the developments concerning cases of Ebola abroad and in the United States.

No cases have been identified in South Carolina at this time.

Our goal is prevention, as we strictly follow guidance provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola is a disease that can occur anywhere from two to 21-days after exposure to an infected person, but the average is eight to 10 days. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising.

 The course of the disease can be very severe and even fatal.

Ebola is similar to any other public health situation; it must be quickly identified, monitored and tracked, and all steps should be taken to prevent its spread. DHEC has been providing resources and tools to the health care provider community across South Carolina in order to assist with Ebola awareness and screening. We have also been providing guidance according to CDC recommendations and communicating updates from the CDC through our Health Alert Network. This heightened communication helps keep our partners informed so they can be better prepared.

We have developed strong relationships with health providers through the years. Together, we have planned, prepared, and tested our ability to respond to public health threats like Ebola.

Health care providers are working with us to ensure that patients are appropriately screened for the risk of Ebola Virus Disease and notifying us in order to facilitate a rapid response in the event that they encounter any cases of concern. Again, there are no cases of Ebola in South Carolina at this time.

We encourage you to learn the facts about Ebola by re-visiting our website regularly at www.scdhec.gov, as well as the CDC's site at www.cdc.gov.