Ebola Virus Disease Awareness
The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the healthcare and public health systems in New Mexico, and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in ongoing preparedness efforts related to the epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa.
The New Mexico Department of Health is providing accurate and updated information to healthcare partners and the public. There are no cases of Ebola in New Mexico at this time. The only risk posed to the public is if someone traveled to Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia within 21 days of the beginning of an illness, or if they were exposed to someone who traveled to any of those three countries who has symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease.
If any person with Ebola Virus Disease comes into New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Health and healthcare partners are prepared to investigate and contain it.
Ebola Questions & Answers
This helpful Ebola Questions & Answers page is maintained by the CDC.
It covers a wide range of frequently asked questions about Ebola ranging from how to protect yourself, has patient zero been identified, how to tell the difference between influenza and Ebola, what the CDC is doing about the outbreak in West Africa, information for travelers, Ebola cases in the US, and more.
Tightened Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.
The guidance focuses on specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.
Please read the Tightened Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola article on the CDC website for more information.
Governor Susana Martinez Directs Department of Health to Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan
Governor Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico.
NMDOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.
Please see Coordinating New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan for more information.
- Progress in Fight Against Ebola (May 14, 2015)
- Ebola Not Suspected in Santa Fe Patient (October 14, 2014)
- Health Department on Watch for Ebola (October 8, 2014)
- NMDOH Working with CDC to Rule Out Ebola in Patient (Update) (August 18, 2014)
- Test Results Show UNM Hospital Patient Does Not Have Ebola (August 21, 2014)
- NMDOH Working with CDC to Rule Out Ebola in Patient (August 17, 2014)
- Ebola Virus Disease Response Plan (Plan)
- Ebola Evaluation Algorithm (Guide)
- Ebola Guide to Early Recognition and Evaluation in Hospital Settings (Guide)
- Ebola Laboratory Guidelines (Guide)
- Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (Guide)
- Ebola Guide to Early Recognition in Outpatient Settings (Guide)
Centers for Disease Control Website
The Centers for Disease Control Ebola website contains comprehensive and the most up-to-date information available about the Ebola Virus Disease.
Topics covered include signs and symptoms, transmission, risk of exposure, outbreaks, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, information for healthcare workers, and more.
Information for New Mexico Residents
Information for New Mexico Healthcare Providers
- Ebola Guide to Early Recognition in Outpatient Settings
- Ebola Evaluation Algorithm
- Ebola Information for Health Care Workers